Here’s some great logic for you:

1. If there are frogs, they are purple.
2. If a purple frog exists, no ribbetting will be heard.
3. Ribbetting is heard.
4. No purple frog exists (from 2 and 3).
5. Hence, there are no frogs (from 1 and 4).

Thus by the Argument from Ranine Hiddenness we are able to conclude that no frog exists, even though our conclusion flies in the face of the observable fact that something out there – though clearly not a frog! – can be heard going ribbet, ribbet. And frankly, I think I’d be more impressed with the intellectual prowess exhibited by the average frog’s ribbets than by the cretins who produced this illogical drivel.

This is an accurate, parallel syllogism for the atheist’s Divine Hiddenness argument.

Makes sense?Christians have been taking the brunt end of atheist’s mockery for too long, thinking that long-winded thoughtful arguments in defense of Christianity will somehow win the argument in today’s soundbite culture.

People today simply do not have the patience to hear out somewhat advanced arguments in response to juvenile, immature jeers.  People would rather laugh than think.  People would rather feel a certain way about something rather than think about it.

The New Atheism does not present true arguments.  It presents irrational, toddler-like hatred for authority disguised in the wording of academia.  New atheism creates caricatures of Christianity because of how unsophisticated in thinking New Atheists are.  The big words they use obscure this fact.

Rather than respond to the irrational with the rational, rather than respond to emotions with reason, Christians ought to respond in kind–not “kindly,” which is a code word for “be nice.”  After all, why would anyone respond to a child’s temper tantrum by trying to reason with the child?

A Commercial Worth Watching

February 6, 2012

I know the web is abuzz about the awful/awesome/dull/funny Super Bowl commercials, but I think the most interesting one was the commercial Tony Dungy recommended as a “pro-family halftime alternative.”  Instead of promoting consumerism and hedonism, it promoted concepts such as service, love, sacrifice, and duty.

There is a difference between lip-service and life-service.  God knows the difference.  Don’t kid yourself.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  (James 1:27)

It’s one thing to talk, it’s another thing to do.  The family crisis Tony speaks of is real and pressing.  Kudos for him calling people to help those in need.

We need more commercials bringing us face to face with loving duty instead of unchecked desire.

I’d like to make a point about the latest on Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich: Religion is not personally important to higher-ups in society.

Rick Perry used his religion as a campaign platform.  He was only trying to appeal to evangelicals—I think his commercial labeling the repeal of DADT highlights the fact he is unconcerned with more urgent issues America faces (both economic and spiritual).  And his endorsement of Newt because of Newt’s professed faith and spiritual healing is just ludicrous.  Newt is on his third wife, which Jesus Himself says he has no right to have because he illegitimately divorced his first wife.  The fact that he has been divorced twice due to his own unfaithfulness should make people wonder why Rick Perry think endorsing Newt is a Christian thing to do.

These men see themselves above God’s law, and the law of the land.  These are the people who suppose “who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”  Religion is a tool, a tool to control people.  They don’t take it seriously—if they did they wouldn’t need to tell us how religious they are.

“When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men.”  Jesus said that practicing religion is not trumpet-time.  We don’t need announcements.  If you think your religion should make the evening news, how bad of a person are you?

Which brings us to the main point: character is important.  A person can talk big religion, act very religious, but the true test of whether or not they are religious, in the deep, personal sense of the term, is what their character is like.  Is this man’s character shaped and influenced by religion?  Character reveals who the liars are.

To say that God has forgiven a man who still lives in open violation of His rules for morality is absurd.  Rick Perry knows nothing about the God he claims to serve, the God who demands sinners turn from their sin instead of continuing in it.  Both he and Gingrich are snobs who think they are above religion—that’s something for the masses to be controlled with.