3rd October 2011

“Ever notice how these guys who attack Harris or Dawkins never accurately quote a single statement they've made, at all, about anything?”

Anon.

6 Responses to “3rd October 2011”

  1. John Says:

    They can’t get their own damn fairy-tail book right so; what makes one think they are going to get these scholars right!

  2. archaeopteryx Says:

    I think John is saying these attackers are incompetent. I agree, but I think some of them may also be dishonest. Accurate quotes wouldn’t serve their purpose.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I haven’t read anything by Harris or Dawkins that should be particularly inflamatory to a person confident in their faith, and believe me I’ve read everything Harris and Dawkins.

    I would say that the uproar from relgious fundamentalists is unreasonable. The religious shouldn’t get all tied up in knots.

    If the religious felt confident in their beliefs they ought to be able to withstand any scrutiny, but if not then at least some.

    The ideas spoken by Harris and Dawkins do clearly shake the confidence of the faithful, this much is obvious. It is as if there is a danger so great to faith that any criticism has the potential of destroying relgious belief.

    If what holds faith together is so fragile that to even speak any criticism of it might fracture it, there can’t be much to it?

    If Harris and/or Dawkins can destroy the faith of billions with some new atheist literary broadsword then maybe that speaks the substance of religious doctrine?

    A confident religious person would welcome Harris and Dawkins into the church and demand they “make the case” before the flock, the confident religious person would say “Have at it” and challenge them to “make their point”, dare them to destroy faith. I think we all know why that won’t be happening, I think we know why they will write books with similar cover designs to the Harris/Dawkins books. I think we know they won’t really analyze Harris/Dawkins, refute their central ideas, I think we know why their response will be ad hominem attacks.

    I think they know their flock will hold up their counter-point books and wave them in opposition to those questioning faith. I think both they and we know that the flock doesn’t read. That reading books isn’t something that the faithful does.

    Why else is the percentage of people who have read the bible and declared themselves atheists so much higher than the percentage of those that have remained faithful? Can’t read the bible and still believe.

  4. CaptainZero Says:

    Yeah, straw men are MUCH easier to attack than scholars, armed to the teeth with, you know, FACTS.

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    My Aunt Sally was a Straw Man.

  6. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    C. Peter Wagner
    http://www.globalharvest.org/apostolic.htm

    Rarely will you find a person as detached from sanity as this poor sod.