If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that a Christian named “Liam” frequently comments on my posts. Typically, he only leaves an initial comment and never engages in discussion after that initial comment. It is as if Liam wants to make sure that every one of my assertions against his belief system is refuted by at least one pro-Christian comment. That is perfectly fine with me. I welcome opposing opinions.
But as fellow skeptic, Nan, has recently noted, Liam brushes off any and all evidence against his cherished faith, no matter how convincing the evidence. I replied to Nan’s statement under the previous post with this comment:
As long as Liam senses a Presence within him, no amount of contrary evidence is going to change his mind. Since (to Liam) the Presence is real, the alleged discrepancies in the Bible cannot be real.
The real question is: How do we get Liam to see that his perception that an invisible, supernatural being lives inside his body is not real? What evidence can we provide him to do that? If we challenge him to demand that the Presence perform a magic trick (miracle) right now, at this very moment, (such as levitating a coffee table), Liam will tell us that the Presence does not like to be tested.
Only if Liam is confronted with a situation where the Presence does not perform as Liam believes it should will Liam begin to question the reality of the Presence. Liam is too heavily indoctrinated for us to expect evidence to change his mind. We must concentrate our efforts on those who are not so deeply under the influence and control of their cult.