If you are like me and enjoy visiting Christian websites to challenge Christian beliefs (and evangelize for Reason and science), you probably have noticed how often Christian bloggers restrict comments on their blogs. They do this either through moderation or quickly banning skeptics who say too much. Why do Christians do this? If their beliefs have sufficient evidence to back them up, why worry about the comments of a few skeptics? Most skeptics do not moderate or censure their blogs. So why do Christians?? I would bet that it is for two reasons: One, the apologist is afraid that a Christian who is “weaker in the faith” will be “lead astray” by the skeptic’s comments. And two, the evidence for this ancient tale is pretty skimpy. When someone’s reasons for believing something are hard to justify, that person usually doesn’t want to entertain criticism. I have noticed that the more conservative the Christian blogger is, the more likely it is that he or she moderates/restricts comments. And if you check out the blogs of fundamentalists, most of them do not allow any comments!
Below is a comment I left for Christian apologist David Robertson, author of “The Wee Flea” blog:
The fact that you moderate comments and refuse to publish comments that point out the massive holes your supernatural belief system is proof that your belief system is not based on evidence but upon your intense emotions involving this belief. Marty Sampson’s [a recent deconvertee from Christianity] emotions dried up and he then saw that there was nothing left validating this ancient tall tale.
There is no good evidence for your beliefs, David. Alleged eyewitness testimony may be sufficient for auto accidents and murder trials, but not for alleged alien abductions or first century dead corpse reanimations. If 500 Hari Krishna’s were to claim that they all had seen a herd of cattle be beamed up into a space ship, would you believe their eyewitness testimony? Of course you wouldn’t. You would think they were all nuts. So why do you believe a two thousand year old claim that 500 Jewish zealots saw a walking, talking, resurrected dead corpse? It makes no sense, David. The only possible explanation is that you so desperately want YOUR fantastical claim to be true.
Your belief rests on very shaky ground, David. Your emotions, perceptions, and subjective personal experiences are not good evidence for any thinking, educated, modern person to believe that a dead first century peasant is the Creator, King of the universe.
Superstitions are not real, my friend.
End of post.