Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Descending into the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry

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In an effort to not be happily resonating within my own echo chamber, I've been trying to address what the opposition is saying. I've been hunting down articles to evaluate and discuss.

I started poking around carm.org, and what I've found is truly an asylum.






Its premiere author, Matt Slick, is most famous among the atheist circles from his "debate" with Matt Dillahunty, where they went round and round on the gibberish that is presuppositionalism.

What I've found interesting about poking around this site is that it's frequently Christians addressing Christians. In the previous articles I addressed, I encountered the typical manipulation and incoherent argumentation that one receives as an atheist when an apologist attempts to use logic. This site is more interesting, because it gives me a view into their world.

It's a bizarre world.

I slothed into a section called "Objections and Answers", and saw as one of the sub-articles, one called "I am skeptical about God"

Oh boy! I rub my hands together in anticipation. I smelled a "top-ten list of stupid reasons God exists" - one of those articles. What could Matt Slick possibly say to answer my objection and skepticism about God? Maybe it would be the presuppositional insanity again. Maybe he'd have a peer-reviewed scientific publication that provided empirical confirmation of a well-defined god entity.

I clicked the link, excited to see what stellar argumentation would await me.

This is what I got:
Are you honestly looking for answers? If you are, I would be very willing to talk with you more about Jesus, the Bible, or whatever else you want to talk about. 
What are you skeptical about? Perhaps we can talk about some of the things that you feel keep you from a saving knowledge of Jesus. 
Sometimes being skeptical is a way of hiding from the facts.  We all do it, but we must try and make sure that we aren't using skepticism as a way to hide from God.
Okay...

Yes. Yes, I am honestly looking for answers. I figure I'd use the best tool available - science - to accomplish that goal.

What are you skeptical about? Perhaps we can talk about some of the things that you feel keep you from a saving knowledge of Jesus.
I'm skeptical about the supernatural claims of the Bible, or that anything supernatural exists at all. I assume we're taking about skepticism about theist stuff.

How about having some actual scientific evidence? That's pretty much what's preventing me from believing you. You know... evidence.


Sometimes being skeptical is a way of hiding from the facts.  We all do it, but we must try and make sure that we aren't using skepticism as a way to hide from God.
That is true. Some people do that. Hold on, let me check and see whether I am. Nope, I'm all set. Still experiencing a severe lack of any kind of supporting evidence, though.

So wait, that's it? That's the answer to the objection that I'm skeptical about God? He merely suggests that it's possible that I'm lying to myself.

No evidence. No demonstration. Nothing.

Color my surprised.



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