Friday, September 30, 2011

FacePalm of the Day #128: Debunking Christianity: On Making A Rational Choice About Religion

John Loftus has posted the following meandering. My annotations are  in red. 

Let's say you were shopping for the best car made. Your father brought you up as a die-hard Chevy lover but now you want to seriously find which car is the best one out there. How would you go about doing it? What are the criteria for what is to be considered the best car? There would be objective criteria but there would also be subjective person-related criteria. Are there any similarities here with choosing the best religion? Dissimilarities? Is choosing the best car analogous to how people search for the one true religion? In what ways? Which religions and sects within them would you seriously consider? Why not consider them all?

I agree that it's important to consider them all that you can. You should have  reasons why you are not Baptist, or Catholic or Muslim or Mormon or what have you. That is not enough. You should know why you have embraced the worldview you have embraced. I don't know why Loftus thinks that only Atheists thinks about such things. Grant it considering such issues does not mean that you will come up with correct answers. Loftus is a good example of that. No one can do it on their own. It takes God.

Then consider whether everyone could agree on which car is the best car made. Of course they couldn't, even with some agreed upon objective criteria. But let's say everyone who makes the wrong car choice will be cast into hell for an eternity? ;-) Sound unfair? Sure it does. Then why isn't it unfair when it comes to choosing the best religion? Have fun with this.

There is a big difference to choosing the best car and choosing to serve and follow the right God. The analogy really breaks down here.  A better analogy is choosing a Spouse. The stakes are way higher than choosing a car and it deals with relationship. You can't have a relationship with a car like a person. If the Christianity you experienced was just a relationship and you treated like a car you test drove and kicked the tires, you did it wrong. It's not what you do or what you know, it's about who you know - Jesus Christ.

Debunking Christianity: On Making A Rational Choice About Religion

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