Should we Believe in Miracles? Part 4

The Tooth Fairy

I am posting my arguments from my recent debate with “Nick the Christian” on Theology Web:

No, Nick. You have not presented one thread (hee hee) of evidence. Not one. Not for the question at hand which is: Is there sufficient evidence for a reasonable, educated person living in the 21st century to believe that the body of a dead, first century Jewish prophet was reanimated by an invisible, Bronze-age, Canaanite god to walk out of his grave to eat a broiled fish sandwich with his former fishing buddies, to later levitate from a mountain into outer space, to never be seen or heard of again?

No. No amount of conjecture, assumptions, and biased, Christian expert opinion is going to convince the majority of educated, 21st century, unbiased (non-Christian) people to believe this ancient, superstitious, childish, supernatural nonsense. That is why the membership numbers, worship attendance rates, and baptism numbers in all Christian denominations in the United States, Canada, and Europe are plunging. Educated people just don’t buy this stuff anymore. Religion’s last best hope is in the third world where much of the population is uneducated, poor, (superstitious), and desperate for hope…any hope…including a belief in a reanimated dead Jewish prophet who promises them a mansion in outer space, a jewel studded crown, and streets lined with gold.

You don’t have any evidence for your supernatural, two thousand year old claim, Nick. It’s magic. It isn’t real. Open your eyes, my friend, and see the real truth instead of insulating yourself in superstitions and philosophical theories that serve no purpose other than to make you think you are smarter than the average man…or child…who just so happens to know that there is no such thing as invisible thread, or, reanimated dead bodies…except in children’s books and science fiction flicks.

Imagine that my debate with Nick had not been about the Christian magic claim of a reanimated dead Jewish prophet, but about a secular magic claim of a literal Tooth Fairy. And imagine that Nick had argued in favor of the proposition and I had argued against it. And imagine that Nick has quoted numerous eyewitnesses who claim to have seen the Tooth Fairy, to have felt the effects of the Tooth Fairy in their lives, and even some who claim that the Tooth Fairy has taken up residence inside their bodies in an invisible compartment (soul).

Nick has also presented numerous quotations from numerous, highly educated Tooth Fairy scholars, all of whom have come to the conclusion, after extensive Tooth Fairy research, as recorded in their many volumes of Tooth Fairy books, that the Tooth Fairy is not a figment of the imagination of children, but a real, literal, being with whom we adult humans can interact and converse.

How many of you readers would expect me to comply with Nick’s prodding to research the books and research papers of these Tooth Fairy scholars and experts before coming to the conclusion that Nick’s position is false? I doubt many would expect me to spend even a half hour looking at this “evidence”.

Why?

Answer: Because the claim itself is stupid.

Dear Christians, I am not trying to be mean, but many, many educated people today are coming to the same conclusion about your reanimated dead Jewish prophet story: It just isn’t believable. There is no need to research the “evidence”. There is no need to research the evidence because the claim itself is nonsensical and silly.

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