Monday, March 21, 2011

Debunking Christianity: And the Winner is...James McGrath

John Loftus recently ran a contest asking for T-Shirt slogans supporting atheism. I think that while the slogans are sometimes clever they have some problems. Let's look at them.

There is a clear winner for my T-Shirt slogan contest with the most votes, and it's James F. McGrath. His slogan: "Atheists: Disbelieving in gods without getting struck by lightning for more than 2000 years." He said he would like to blog his way through the book by Earl Doherty that I'll send him. I look forward to that. There were many other great slogans. The ones I liked the best are below, and I may use a few of them on my shirts:

There are several religions more than 2000 years old. In the Old Testament, people were swallowed up by the ground, struck dead, and all kinds of thing. Who wants to press their chances that God will not choose to be merciful inspite of your ignorance. 

Carlos_Licea 03/14/2011 03:22 PM

"Religion: the act of believing that the greatest being on the universe happens to agree with your point of view."

Christianity isn't about God agreeing with you. It is about you are agreeing with God.

LetUsRatiocinate 03/14/2011 03:31 PM

Then man created god
in his own image.
And it was not good.

Atheism is proof that thinking God is like you is truly a bad idea. You reject a god that does not exist, while missing the reality.

Michael Gage 03/14/2011 03:47 PM

What luck! I was born into the one true religion.

Luck has nothing to do with it. 

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. - Acts 17:24-27

Zekefreak 03/14/2011 04:43 PM

"No one has ever seen God..." (John 1:18)
Exactly. Thanks Jesus!

Quote the whole thing and John wrote:

16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:16-18

Jesus said

45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. John 6:45-47

exrelayman 03/14/2011 04:49 PM

Atheism: relief from belief.

Atheism is just trading one delusion for another - entrenching yourself further into slavery to sin and death.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. - Psalm 53:1

exrelayman 03/14/2011 05:01 PM

I think. Therefore I don't believe.

 18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
   shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
   they do not know what makes them stumble.

 20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
   turn your ear to my words.- Proverbs 4:18-20

KaneAugustus 03/14/2011 05:05 PM

"Show me a god and I'll show you the person who made it."

 18 For this is what the LORD says—
he who created the heavens,
   he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
   he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
   but formed it to be inhabited—
he says:
“I am the LORD,
   and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
   from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
   ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the LORD, speak the truth;
   I declare what is right.

 20 “Gather together and come;
   assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
   who pray to gods that cannot save.
21 Declare what is to be, present it—
   let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
   who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the LORD?
   And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
   there is none but me.

 22 “Turn to me and be saved,
   all you ends of the earth;
   for I am God, and there is no other. - Isaiah 45:18-22

Zekefreak 03/14/2011 08:56 PM

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after REASON, for theirs is the kingdom of KNOWLEDGE."

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. - Psalm 111:10

Agnost Andy 03/15/2011 08:15 AM

Silly Christian.
Myths are for kids!

 12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
 19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. - 2 Peter 1:12-21

Ken9081 03/15/2011 02:20 PM

The "Good Book"? It's not so good.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Steven Bently 03/15/2011 09:37 PM

Christians aren’t perfect, they’re just brainwashed.

 1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 34 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
   If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.  Philippians 3: 1-16
No o ne who believes the God of the Bible thinks he or she is better or more worthy of heaven than anyone else. We put our faith in Jesus because we know without Jesus we deserve hell and outside of the love and mercy of God we would be going to hell .

Lynn 03/16/2011 04:39 AM

God loves you. You're going to hell.

Jesus said:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. John 3:16-20

Jon Jermey 03/16/2011 05:29 PM

"I don't understand, therefore God."

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Godlessheethen 03/16/2011 01:20 PM

T-shirt slogan: "And on the 4,600,000,000th Day Darwin Rested."

Darwin did nothing before 1809 or after 1882 and in that "eye blink" of time  what did he do for you?

Debunking Christianity: And the Winner is...James McGrath
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