I had recently a revealing exchange with anti-theists at the DebunkingChristianity blog. They are all former fundamentalists who are now doing their best to deconvert as many Christians as possible while preaching them the good news of scientism.
Many of them have been gravely traumatized by their fundamentalist education.
They usually (albeit not always) believe that the Bible is free of contradiction with respect to its moral message which they see as absolutely atrocious and akin to Mein Kampf.
They constantly PICK AND CHOOSE the worse passages in the whole Bible, interpret all other texts in the most negative light and then conclude that Christianity is one of the greatest evil of the world which ought to be eradicated.
While they think that all people not agreeing with their worldview are either dishonest, delusional or hopelessly dumb, they think that they themselves arrived at their current position through a dispassionate use of their reason. They get utterly infuriated if one dares suggest to them that psychological factors may have played an important role for their becoming Evangelistic Atheists.
Here was the original post.
(To his credit, I must recognize that Loftus is slightly more moderate than most of his minions. Many of same would say that all Christians or religious people are the same).
Here was my response to the main post.
“Faith, as I’ve argued, is always irrational”
There are different definitions of faith.
Which one are you using? Belief without any reason? Hope in something without any reason?
There are purely secular philosophers who believe that one cannot ground knowledge while avoiding basic beliefs, circular reasoning or infinite regress.
What make you think they’re irrational?
I received a gentle, insightful, kind and incredibly profound answer:
“Use whatever definition makes you sleep at night.”
So asking a deep and serious question is worthy of ridicule for these folks.
This type of reaction is a hallmark of the fundamentalist mindset. People feel so convinced they have the truth they ought to preach everywhere that they no longer think that reality (including the religious landscape) might be extremely more complex than their current binary vision of it.
Since I began to read a lot of articles concerning epistemology (the theory of knowledge, how does one knows what one knows), psychology, meta-ethic (the foundation of morality), philosophy of mind, theology and controversial field of inquiries concerning phenomena loosely called “paranormal” (see this link for my parallel blog about those), I have been increasingly realizing that many things people take for granted are very far from having a solid foundation.
This is why I am very suspicious of both Christian and atheistic apologists pretending to rationally prove the very strong plausibility of their worldview.
I also had an exchange about the main topic of their post, namely the presence of laws in the Old Testament we now clearly recognize as suboptimal and harmful.
To make things more digestible I decided to mention it in a new post.
You’re warmly encouraged to write down comments explaining what thoughts came to your minds after having read this.
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