|Doing his part to spread the message of his Loving Savior
Gary: One of the owners of Theology Web has a reputation for using nasty, vicious character assassinations in his debates with atheists and other skeptics. He doesn’t seem to be the only Christian on Theology Web who uses that tactic…
William (fellow skeptic; participant in my discussions with Christians on Theology Web)
Yea, I can see that. One thing that sets off alarm bells for me is when you discuss the bible with people and they’ll say that the non-believer doesn’t believe yet because they haven’t read or don’t have a good understanding in the original Greek or Hebrew, or that they haven’t read enough scholars.
I just find these arguments to be smoke and mirrors.
1. Haven’t read enough scholars – this is a silly argument disguised as educated. No one would have all the scholarly works by all the scholars, so no matter how much a non-believer has studied, they can just say, “Well, you haven’t read this one or that one…”
But it also ignores the fact that any religion could claim the same. “Oh, you don’t believe in the Koran? Well, then you clearly haven’t read enough of the Koran scholars…”
And then of course also it tries to steer attention away from the bible, which has holes, that they try to cover up with scholars.
2. Poor understanding of Hebrew & Greek – They’ll say this so that they can say that the English translation (which was translated by real Hebrew & Greek Scholars) only gives the illusion of a problem, and by asserting that since we’re not ancient language scholars, we’re too ignorant to make a judgment on the bible – which is dumb because they are not scholars of every language for every religion’s root language (like Arabic) so when making such an argument, they’re unwittingly undermining their critiques of the other religions. (If you can’t read, write, and understand the original languages of the Koran or the Hindu Scriptures, you have no right to question the validity of these holy books.)
But these arguments aren’t made by careful thinkers who honestly want to gain more understanding; they are the frantic arguments of those with an agenda.
It doesn’t surprise me that such people would deviate from the topic in order to attack the character of their opponents. It’s one of the reasons I bailed from that site. They’re nearly insane with everything they do and say in order to protect their religious view.