Sunday, December 19, 2010

God's Quality Control 3.11

Here I continue my review of the discussion guide published by the Prestonwood Christian Academy as a companion to the Hitchens-Dembski debate on November 18, 2010. The honorary author of this section of the guide will be Tifini Lozano, Prestonwood's Distance Learning & Extended Services Director. I invite you to share this video with Ms Lozano on behalf of all those kids who are being deliberately misled for the sake of filling Ms Lozano's pockets. Join me in making these people aware that their predations on children are not going unnoticed.
  • p.17 "One of the most compelling arguments for the existence of God is a personal experience with God [itself]!" As I described in one of my earlier videos, the most profound personal experience I ever had was due to a human being, a woman whose love gave meaning, purpose, direction to my life. I really would be interested to hear how my experience with her was fundamentally different from that of any superstitionist. I'd also be interested to hear how your experience with Yahweh is fundamentally different from that of an ecstatic aboriginal communing with a tree spirit.
  • p.17 "No man can disregard a religion and a faith and a power which is able to make bad men good...there must be some explanation for the radical transformation in the lives of millions across the ages." Funny that Ms Lozano would say something like this while utterly ignoring her superstition's power to make good men bad. We always hear these stories about how Joe Blow was a drug-addicted wife-beater who, when he found Jesus, somehow mustered up the courage to stop hitting women. Once again, an inability or unwillingness to think critically leaves you guys somehow blind to the obvious: William Dembski is a liar; the prominent representatives of your superstition are con artists; the author of this discussion guide is a liar, not to mention a terrible writer; the leadership of your so-called Academy is gouging you out of $35 for a copy of this guide, which could have been written by any one of the poor, deluded seventh-graders in the audience. Jesus radically transforms a few of you into charlatans and the rest of you into pawns.
  • p.18 "One of the most powerful arguments against the existence of God is the ungodly behavior and attitude of those who call themselves Christians." I offer a correction here: your behavior is an argument not against the existence of your god, but against the idea that your god is good, or has any power (or even intention) to make you good. And for an example of such ungodly behavior, consider the publication of this document full of lies with the added insult of actually charging money for it.
  • p.18 Christianity "feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits and cheers the sick." It also spends $70M in California alone to campaign against gay marriage. How may hungry, naked, and sick could have been fed, clothed, visited, and cheered with that money? How many hungry, naked, and sick died while that money was being spent elsewhere? Even if you could show that gay marriage is the evil that you claim it to be, can you show that preventing it was more important than the lives that could have been saved and greatly improved by that money?
  • p.18 "Atheists will respond that they, too, have humanitarian works that rival those of followers of God." Some might, but a much more important point is that we simply have a better reason for doing good. We do good simply because it's the right thing to do. You guys do good because Yahweh tells you to. You might wish to object to this claim, but you can't, not with a clear conscience, because you spend far too much time shouting that Yahweh is the only source of morality. Our source of morality is an un-coerced, non-fear-based, not-commanded desire to be good.
  • p.19 In the section entitled, "The Pursuit is all that Matters," Ms Lozano attempts to discuss the relative merits of possessing truth and pursuing truth. She makes the preposterous suggestion that the issue of truth is a matter of dispute simply between superstitionists and asuperstitionists. She utterly fails to recognize that there is far more disagreement within the superstitionist community about what constitutes truth, and that this disagreement is far more consequential and even dangerous to all of us than any disagreement between superstitionists and asuperstitionists.
  • p.19 "[T]he failure of Christians to stand for the Truth of God’s Word is the greatest problem facing mankind today." Yeah, the Pope and Mother Teresa have similar ideas about our greatest problems. I'm so glad to be disabused of my idle notions that ignorance, poverty, starvation, oppression, war, corruption, and global warming are just trifles.
That's 3.11. Thanks for watching, and remember: without Jesus there would be no morality, and without fear there would be no Christians.

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