Thursday, December 9, 2010

God's Quality Control 3.1

On November 18, 2010, the Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas held a debate between superstitionist William Dembski and asuperstitionist Christopher Hitchens. In order to prepare their students for this dangerous foray, Prestonwood created a 44-page companion discussion guide. I reviewed the debate itself in Series II of this collection. Here, in Series III, I continue my review of Prestonwood's discussion guide.
  • p.4 "America is adrift in the relativistic sea of tolerance, equality, and affluence."  I could end this series right here. This says it all. Tolerance and equality are signs that we as a nation are adrift. Nothing about the miserable state of our education system, our bloated military, our government beholden to money.
  • p.4 The claims made by atheists are "little more than the same old tired complaints against religion". Yes, if you use the same old tired tactic of lying, then I will use the same old tired complaint that you're lying. If you're guided by the Supreme Being of the universe, then why can't you simply rely on truth and honest discussion?
  • p.4 The superstitionists at Prestonwood hope that "by our good works and our love for each other, the world will get a glimpse of the God we love". You guys don't get it. When your good works amount to increasing the suffering in the world for the sake of your pseudo-morality, and your love for each other leads you to hire an obvious fraud to lie to your children for half an hour, we do indeed get an excellent glimpse of the god you serve. You're just like that god, with its ugly value system in which sexual so-called immorality and slander are somehow worse than racism and torture.
  • p.4 "C.S. Lewis once wrote, 'Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance.'" The problem with this mentality is in its assumption that Christianity has a special place among the superstitions that claim eternal consequences. What would C.S. Lewis say about Islam? What do devout Muslims say about Islam? They surely say the same kind of thing. You guys hold up Christianity as though it were something special, but you have nothing on which to base that sentiment. Your holy writ is full of atrocities committed and ordered by your god, your community is divided into tens of thousands of splinters, your priorities are deplorable. Why should we give your superstition any more notice than anyone else in the world?
  • p.4 "If Christianity is not true and there is no God, then those 'Christ-followers' are rightly accused to be religious fanatics and should be opposed at all fronts." No, even if there is a god, even if Christianity is true, it is still to be opposed at all fronts. Yahweh is evil, and its writ documents that fact unequivocally. It is obvious that Yahweh intends to throw all of humanity into hell and is just sadistically enjoying our travails here on Earth. If it does exist, then there's nothing we can do to avoid hell, so we might as well discard its so-called values  and try to make the world a good place while we're here.
  • p.5 "Even as those who claim there is no god..." You guys aren't listening. A few people do in fact assert that there is no god, but the vast majority of us think of your god in the same way as we think of the Loch Ness Monster: not very likely at all, but if we saw even a shred of credible evidence, we'd look into it. In fact, the world could be much improved if we could meet some kind of god (not Yahweh the malevolent, obviously): we could rid ourselves of all the useless discipline of theology and make a new kind of theology, which would be a proper science, devoted to studying this god.
  • p.5 "Augustine wrote, 'Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.'" Yes, this is a perfect example of your pseudo-morality: put Christ above everything, even your children, even the health of the planet; care more about righteousness than about suffering; prefer to let mothers die and orphan their living children rather than having an abortion; prefer to have problems with teenage pregnancy rather than advising teens to do safely something that they're going to do whether you like it or not.
  • p.5 Note that the introduction is signed by, among others, Larry Taylor. He's the guy who conducted the closing prayer for the debate. A lot of people complained about this prayer, but I take far more exception to his claim that this lie-fest from Dembski constituted civility.
That's Part 3.1. Thanks for watching, and remember, the fool says in his heart, "There is no god." The wise man says it in his brain.

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