When All Else Fails

When all else fails, pull out the New Apologetics.

This piece of bleep by a Christian apologist starts:
"Apologetics, or the defense of the Faith, generally takes one of two forms. Either it offers convincing arguments which show the truth of various doctrinal propositions, or it offers persuasive demonstrations that the Christian faith is the best way to fulfill legitimate human aspirations. Both approaches have their place, but I believe a third approach is also needed."
If the arguments were convincing or the demonstrations persuasive, then the New Apologetics should hardly be necessary, should they?

He goes on:
"it is time to bring to the fore what classical apologists have generally regarded as merely a preparation for apologetics: a consideration of the impediments to faith. Such impediments are all the intellectual, emotional, cultural and psychological factors, both conscious and subconscious, which make it impossible for a given person to genuinely consider the Christian message."
I'll sum up the impediments for this apologist: intelligence, logic, education, and the realization that one can lead a love-filled, purposeful, moral life without recourse to inculcated belief in magic.

His tactic is to insult those who do not swallow the religionist party-line by stating that they suffer from an excess of 'human pride', as though employing the intelligence that evolution has given us is something of which we should be ashamed. He claims that in order to open ourselves up to mythological clap-trap, we should, "learn to accept our own limitations, both the limitations of human nature and our own personal peculiarities and deficiencies."

'Learn to embrace our limitations' would be closer to his intended point. I should have to be deficient indeed to believe that some human-invented, inconsistent dogma originating with quite vicious and narrow ancient tribesmen, and promoted by equally vicious and narrow propagandists, could offer either logic or a guide to a better life–and, the real religious drawing-card, a better death.

"It is hard to be open to God when we’re in denial about ourselves."
I deny that there is any validity to religious claims, I am not in denial about myself at all. No, it's merely admirably impossible for a freethinker to be open to practitioner-promoted claims for some supernatural concoction for which there should be evidence and yet against which all the evidence points.

He goes on to blame cognitive refusal to be suckered upon yet more personal failings in the nonbeliever–a stubborn refusal to 'relinquish control', 'bad habits', 'wrong attitudes, feelings and attachments', and 'constant temptation to prefer expediency to truth'.

Nope, it is simply a matter that I prefer truth to gullibility.

"You may think that’s a lot of impediments, but we’re just getting started."
Oh? More insults will prove convincing when the earlier aspersions against character have not proved sufficient to provoke credulity?

This twit thinks that we have grown up "infected by the prejudice of liberalism—that is, the notion that legitimate authority is either untrustworthy or non-existent."

That's not my definition of liberalism, bud. To the liberal, legitimate authority must earn respect by virtue of its demonstration of worthiness, not by claiming that those who refuse to swallow-the-myth are somehow inferior.
"democracy . . . tends to foster excessive individualism and the notion that
everyone’s ideas are equal."
Nonsense. I don't imagine that this fellow's ideas are equal to mine–on this topic, they are deluded and decidedly inferior.
"All of this creates a tremendous peer pressure against commitment to any absolute value or belief system. Even when we don’t reject such systems from within, we refuse to embrace them for fear of looking foolish to the world."
Notice the word 'absolute', which translates as "do it our way or burn in hell for your immorality." The entire paragraph translates as, "when religious leaders want to know your opinion, they'll give it to you."

It is not that I'm the least worried about looking foolish to the world, my rejection of religion is about not wanting to be foolish.

He continues, but I'm nauseous enough for now.

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