Monday, 16 December 2013

Apologetics AKA Mental Gymnastics

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I have been listening to William Lane Craigs podcast series Defenders. Additionally, I have been reading a book called Love Wins by Rob Bell. So you could say I am on an apologetics bender.

Anyway, no matter what I have heard or read over this past month or more, there is one thing I am certain of. Apologetics is mental gymnastics! You have to jump through so many hoops and over so many fires and twist your logic so far to believe the rubbish these people believe. Apologetics is what happens when you throw rationality out of the window and take blind faith as a reason to believe something. Apologetics is the non sceptical approach to a sceptical subject. In other words apologetics has no basis for anything, and apologists are doing a disservice to the world by creating conspiracy theists.

Conspiracy theists: are people that believe something with no rational basis. Very similar to conspiracy theorists. Let me give you some examples of these conspiracy theists.

(a) William Lane Craigs Cosmological Argument is a joke. He has to presuppose that the biblical God is real for it to work. No matter what you will ever hear about this argument, it is wrong. The simple reason is that you have to presuppose for it to work. The whole Cosmological argument is a farce, as it can be used to "prove" that anything can create the universe like a peanut butter sandwich.

(b) Rob Bells miracles of Jesus and rebirth is a joke. How long did he have to search for this number pattern, I believe it is called apophenia (a lot of religious scholars use this as proof) when you look for patterns in random places where no patterns exist. I post the part of the text below to show you what I mean.

One of the things you pick up in reading the Bible over time is that the writers were `extremely clever, employing incredibly complex patterns with numbers and hints and allusions in their writings. Often just below the surface they would place another story, another point.

So when John numbers these first two signs, we are wise to begin asking questions. Why the numbers? What’s he getting at? If we then read on, looking for more signs, we see Jesus heal a man by a pool in the next chapter. That would be the third sign in the Gospel. Then in chapter 6 he provides bread for the crowd and then walks on water. Those would be signs four and five. Then in chapter 9 he heals a blind man, which would be sign six. And then, in chapter 11, he raises Lazarus from the dead, a “sign” if there ever was one. Seven signs.

Now ask: Is the number seven significant in the Bible? Does it occur in any other
prominent place? Well, yes, it does. In the poem that begins the Bible. The poem speaks of seven days of creation. But there’s one more sign in John’s Gospel. In chapter 20 Jesus rises from the dead. Now that’s a sign. The eighth sign in the book of John. Jesus rises from the dead in a garden. Which, of course, takes us back to Genesis, to the first creation in a . . . garden.

ITS a CONSPIRACY......No its just apologetics.