Category Archives: Responses to Mark

I get email

From my religionist friend [my comments in red]:

Unfortunately, reason—clear reason—is something that escapes you. [You assert, without any knowable evidence, that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father and whose mother was a virgin can make you live forever if you eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree… yeah, you definitely have clear reason nailed down buddy!] I could respond to your blog, rife with theological and logical error , but I don’t see the point. [I call b.s. on that one — give me list of my top ten theological and logical errors — I am more than open to being shown where I’m wrong] I’ve tried. [no you haven’t] There’s nothing left for me to do but love my XXXXX in whom I do indeed see Christ. [I’m pretty sure seeing things in people that aren’t there is a sign of a mental disorder] Whether it is you, me or Hitler, we are all made in the image of God [the image of god is an evil Hitler-like dictator who tortures innocent people for having a different worldview – I guess we agree on more than I thought!]. There is the potential for good, divine good, in all of us (as well as for evil, ungodly evil). [oh so was it divine good that Yahweh had in mind when he told the Jews to “kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.” Moses, Numbers 31:17-18] It is sin and rebellion that distorts that goodness. [I’d say the Christian obsession with sin is what deludes goodness. It’s only the sin card that can equate women wanting to become priests with priests raping children] It is that potential for goodness and that desire for love (to love and be loved) that I saw that day, as I wrote in my blog. Jesus saw this when He looked at Zacchaeus, or Mary Magdalene, or Saul (St. Paul), or the Centurion who crucified Him. [Yes human potential is a cool thing!] They were all converted because someone could see their potential, and more importantly, give them the grace to find it: the potential to become sons and daughters of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. [No, our human potential is not archived by subjecting ourselves to a celestial despot to rule and dictate even our thoughts as though a divine North Korea]

I’ve already written you about those glimpses I’ve seen in you, the potential that lies within. When I spoke with you at xxxxx’s party, it was clear I was speaking to a hurting, confused, and angry man who was given a distorted and damaging view of God and religion. [another variant of the “you’re only an atheist because you’re angry at God” logical fallacy – I’m angry at people like you who pretend to speak in the name of their imaginary sky-daddy] Emotions like that can obscure logic and reason far more than the earth can obscure the sun from the moon. [I could turn this right back around, you only believe in Christianity because of the strong emotions you attach to it, and are blinded to the truth because of your feelings. This is the point of using science and reason – to help us see past our blinders] What can I do but simply love you and continually be a sign to you that what you have come to believe about God and Christianity is false? [I haven’t come to believe anything about God and Christianity – I reject the claims made by theists like you – this is the definition of atheism] Atheism is an incredible deception because it leaves the one who embraces it blinded and self-deceived, convinced that they see better than anyone else when in fact they are more blind than even little children. [The “atheists know-it-all” logical fallacy. I’m not the one claiming to know the thoughts, words, deeds and intentions of the ultimate creator of the universe] I mean, Jesus came to earth, loved, healed, forgave, and ultimately gave His life. [Where is the evidence anything of this actually happened? The bibles are 2nd century hero worship propaganda. And don’t give me Josephus – it’s been thoroughly exposed as a Christian redaction] Even if He weren’t God [he wasn’t], for the sake of argument, He [ibid] was a moral force that has shaped nations to the good ever since. [Another version of the we’re a Christian nation fallacy. Such utter b.s., Christianity has given us 1000+ years of the dark ages, the end of whatever advances the Roman empire may have achieved, the destruction of one of the greatest treasures of human intellect, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, witch hunts, bloody wars, almost 2000 years of priestly abuse of children and theocratic rule by divine dictate. I’m so sick of Christian revitionalist history. And yes, I know they built some hospitals. Hardly balances the scales, does it?] That you claim this is a “height of evil that would make Hitler blush” says far more about you than Christianity. [The bible makes it very clear that “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:18” I do not believe in the name of God’s one and only Son. Where am I going when I die? If the answer is hell than yes, Jesus is more evil than Hitler. ]

With love, XXXXX, I cannot argue with a fool. [Don’t blame him for calling me a fool, his holy text started the name calling… Psalm 14:1-3 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one. The fool says, “There is no God”, that’s why he doesn’t even try to do what’s right…]

Merry Christmas.[Happy Solstice, the true reason for the season]