HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
Not by arguing with them, and telling them that they are wrong!
This is what one of the amateur Christian Apologists recently discovered. (I’d like to say that they are all amateurs, but several of these men – they’re all testosterone-driven men – make outrageous amounts of money with their own televangelism programs and paid lecture/debate tours.)
He found that, like Red State/Blue State, modern American society has become quite polarized, two solitudes, shouting past each other. Despite all the heat and light and words in the air, Atheists weren’t listening to/believing what Christian Apologists had to say, and vice versa.
He had taken a Theater Arts course in University (How remunerative), and he wanted to make it useful in Christian/Atheist debates. His idea was to present the Christian position like a one-act stage play, to lead the Atheists through a mental image of what he considered truth to be.
Why not??! That’s probably how he arrived at his faith. Each denomination – each individual church – puts on a musical-comedy play for the faithful, with strange, outdated, but impressive costumes, upbeat, inspirational music, painted scenes, set decoration, props, special lighting, mystical chants, even some audience participation. It hooked him. Why wouldn’t it hook a non-believer?
He gave detailed instruction to others, how to win debates with the dreaded Atheists. They were to put in great amounts of research – not in the tenets of Christianity or the Bible – but in the arguments and objections of the evil, heathen Atheists, the better to rebut their opinions and claims.
In my Whichness Of The Why post, I had uncharitable things to say about philosophers, debates, and structured arguments. It is possible to twist words and presentations, and win the debate….yet still be wrong. 😳
Like many other Apologists – and sadly, many Atheist arguers as well – he is too caught up in massaging his ego by looking intelligent and winning the BIG ARGUMENT, to see the small solution. They both often can’t see the forest for the hedge maze in front of them.
Mr. Apologist, want to validate your position?? It’s easy! It boils down to two words – PROVE GOD! Don’t prove that God is possible. Don’t prove that He is the most likely answer. Don’t prove that the Universe needed a cause, and God is it – because you can’t. Don’t prove that you believe He exists, or that you want/need for Him to exist, or that a couple of billion others (kinda) agree with you. Don’t wave your hands and point at rainbows and trees and claim that those prove that He exists. They don’t!
I just rewatched (third time) a 7 minute call to The Atheist Experience. It didn’t make sense the first two times, and it didn’t make any sense the third. The young lout began by demanding that the two ladies state if they believed a couple of rather vague definitions.
He didn’t show God. His aim didn’t even seem to be to disprove the Atheists’ position. Assigning the women specific viewpoints became important, as he used esoteric words, complex verbiage, and confusing philosophy, simply to refute these views, and show how much smarter he was than two amateur Atheists, and win the argument .
Don’t win the argument! Prevent the argument. Presenting it like some high-school play just doesn’t convince the unconvinced. Unless and until you can actually show proof of God, you and 47 other angels are just dancing on the point of that theosophical pin. All you are getting are sore feet, and proving that an Atheist’s opinion is as valid as yours.
Rest your feet, and use your cursor to dance back over here in a couple of days, to see what I have to say after I’ve cooled off a bit. CU 😀