Once again, I have found Christian Apologetics, the new Defenders of the Faith, doing exactly what they accuse Atheists, Agnostics, and other doubters of doing. In the past year, I’ve seen at least three Christian blogs critical of a list of Atheist statements. While each is composed slightly differently, the list of Atheist sins in each, is cut and paste identical.
It is undeniable that they often put forth nearly identical catch-phrases and responses. I mean, just ask yourself how often you heard these Atheist talking points:
- There is no evidence for God;
- God is not great;
- Religion poisons everything;
- Faith means believing something without evidence;
- Atheism is just a lack of belief;
- If you don’t believe in evolution, you’re a fool;
- If everything has a cause, then what caused God;
- That’s just a God of the Gaps argument;
- Well, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence;
- Religion is just wish-fulfillment;
- Jesus is a zombie;
- Metaphysics is bunk, I believe in what works;
- I want evidence, not arguments;
- God is just a delusion;
- Religion is a mind virus;
- Why doesn’t God heal amputees; and, finally
- God is evil or a dictator or a maniac.
And these are just some of the catch-phrases that are routinely put forward by Atheists.
It wasn’t until I happened upon this soap opera evil twin triplet, that I realized I had a theme to rant about. All three of them, and lots of others I’ve read, just complain about not wanting to encounter the routine list of Atheist denials of their unproven claims.
Amusingly, what they all seem to hope for, and invite, are newer, different, more creative and inventive, but easier to dismiss, arguments. Like what??! I don’t want to believe in God because he might be Scottish, wearing a kilt, and I don’t want to look up his skirt. There’s enough big pricks down here on Earth.
I also noticed that, aside from whining about not wanting to be constantly faced with this list of reasons not to believe their claims, none of them actually did anything to refute any of it. ‘Go ahead, prove the list wrong. Offer proof of rebuttal for a couple of these claims – not Faith, or Belief – actual, provable facts.’ While a couple of the Atheist points are a bit aggressive, or colloquial, they all appear valid. Religion poisons everything?? “I’ll gladly book you a trip to ISIS territory. Take it up with them.” If they want better rebuttals, they’re going to have to provide better claims, which are based more on evidence, rather than just their faith-based opinions.
Those who are firm in their faith seem willing to nod sagely and ignore all Atheist arguments. It seems though, that the more unsure and insecure these Apologetics are, the louder and more frantic their wails are.
On that great Cosmic Scorecard in the sky, which they’re sure that Someone is keeping, having even the slightest doubt will get them sent to Hell. Atheists’ arguments cause doubt, so they just want them to shut up. What they’re doing is, trying to make it my job to ensure that they go to Heaven. I’m too busy sinning and having no morals (according to them) to get around to that. To Hell with them! 😉