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Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a video clip of Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church in Texas, explaining how it is impossible to be an atheist. This video contains a rebuttal of Morris’ ignorant claims by Hement Mehta, the Friendly Atheist.
Bruce Gerencser, 65, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 44 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.
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Just to be sure understand the argument…
If I write a book about a flying horse,and call the book Equum Volantem. I include ancient writings and stories about this horse, let’s just call the horse Pegasus. Then also include some less ancient stories about Pegasus, maybe a few Roman era stories, maybe a few Greek stories from the Roman era. Now I can start expounding on why we should believe in Pegasus using the Equum Volantem. I then build a following of Pegausian, who can all attest to the existence of Pegasus and even tell personal stories of the power of Pegasus.
After I have done this, anyone who is apegusum (Pegasum being the Latin for Pegasus, and “A” being the antonym..or anti. Therefore anti Pegasum or apegasum), and tells me that Pegasus doesn’t exist, I can prove them wrong by with this siple logic:
You admit you do not know everything
You must therefore admit that Pegasus may exist among the things you have not yet discovered.
Since Pegasus might exist, you are wrong that it does not exist.
And since you are wrong that it doesn’t exist, it must exist, therefore,I am correct in believing in Pegasus
Therefore Pegasus exists
Is that the argument?
Funny how evangelicals want to talk about “science” when it’s convenient for them, but if we are talking about evolution or wearing a mask to keep from spreading or catching viruses, it’s the devil.
I don’t know why people are constantly surprised when evangelicals lie like this. There is no truth agenda in Christian apologetics. It’s about keeping the faithful faithfooled and recruiting new members. The moment they decide to try to fool people with the intellectually bankrupt presuppositional arguments (all apologetics are presupposition) they have decided to abandon honesty and personal integrity in an attempt to fool people. To lie is to try to fool someone into believing something you know to be false. What honest reason could there be to want people to believe falsehoods.
“Faithfooled” – what a great word! Definitely going to borrow that one for future use.
It is sort-of fun to see a guy who has no interest in discerning reality strut back and forth and read from a dictionary to demonstrate thereby that he is a serious thinker. Then he completely ignores Reason to offer the only thing that interests him, a belief in God.
When a preacher takes to the stage, it is to deny Reason and to harm scientific enquiry. His purpose on the stage is to sway the human heart and mind into completely unproven asumptions and to denigrate others not in agreement with this mockery of decency, this lack of basic respect for self and others.
Is it just me losing my old marbles or does anyone else see so much Trump in these presentations now that USA has sunk to an all-time low with the 45th president? The pride of ignorant bombast? The bragging pride?
Gag me… November, please hurry.
O/T: Another one for the white collar crime column. https://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/west/news/wauwatosa/2020/09/15/ex-director-young-life-wauwatosa-serve-seven-years-prison/5805939002/
it’s so cute when theists try to disbelieve in atheists and think that works. How typically childish.
I had the same impression as i watched this. You can hear the derisive laughter in the background in the second clip much like you hear at a Trump rally