As I’ll show in chapter 6 on the subject of the failure of Christian apologetics, an overwhelming number of apologists have abandoned an apologetic of miracles, one that attempts to show Jesus arose from the dead purely on historical grounds. Gone from the cogitations is a god of the cosmos and history. Now all they have left is a god of the gaps and worse, a god of the guts. Apologists argue Christians are warranted in believing they experience private subjective miracles from their god, and that this provides all the proof they need for their sect-specific religion to be true, not withstanding the fact that their god reveals himself in the same exact private subjective way as the other Christian and non-Christian gods do. These kinds of private subjective miracles are claimed by Muslims on behalf of Mohammed and the Koran, or Orthodox Jews and the Old Testament, or Hindu’s and the Bhagavad-Gita (“Song of God”), or Joseph Smith and the Mormon Scriptures.
Just look at it from a different perspective. Imagine apologists for Scientology honestly admitting there’s no objective evidence that body thetans exist, or apologists for Mormonism honestly admitting there’s no archaeological evidence that confirms the Book of Mormon. Imagine those apologists saying, as did Blaise Pascal, that “the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing”, or as the Protestant John Wesley said, that his heart was “strangely warmed”? Imagine they continued believing even though they openly admitted no objective historical evidence or archaeological evidence for the basis of their faith. Wouldn’t we all think they were delusional? This is exactly what we are seeing from Christian apologists: the demise of the reasonableness of Christianity by the very intellectuals who are supposed to defend it.
—John Loftus, The Case Against Miracles, pp. 112-113
Gary: So true. So true. How many times have we counter-apologists debated a conservative Christian on the historical evidence only to have that Christian, once backed into a corner, admit that historical evidence is not the only reason for his belief: his belief is also based on the perceived presence of Jesus within him ( a “gut” feeling). We must realize that we are not debating rational people with rational beliefs. We are debating delusional people with delusional beliefs. Debating Christians regarding historical evidence is a waste of time because their belief is not ultimately based on historical evidence. Their belief is primarily based on the subjective, superstitious perception that the ghost of a first century peasant lives inside their bodies, whispering soothing words of encouragement and life direction each and every day of their lives! Historical evidence is never going to dispel this belief.
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