I have been asking evangelical apologist Randal Rauser the following question, over and over again on his blog, but he refuses to answer it. He complains that I have not worded my question properly, but when I re-word it, he refuses to answer the re-worded question. The truth is obvious. Dr. Randal Rauser is terrified to answer this question:
Do you believe that you have a personal relationship with Jesus, and if so, why?
I’m tired of asking. I left this statement on Rauser’s blog:
To Randal Rauser, evangelical apologist,
I don’t think you have any intention of answering my question no matter how I re-word the question. You are using the same dirty, dishonest debate tactics used by Fox news host, Tucker Carlson: Denigrate the character and intelligence of your debate opponent while persistently avoiding answering your opponent’s questions.
You are smart enough to know that the following would be the conclusion to our discussion, if you had engaged in it, a conclusion which you want to avoid at all cost:
How can someone objectively evaluate the very extra-ordinary claim of a resurrection of a brain-dead first century peasant if he believes that the man in question “lives in his heart” and is his “best friend”??
It is not possible!
You can object all you want to my use of the terms “peasant” and “man”, but that is exactly what Jesus was unless YOU prove that he was something more. Disputed eyewitness testimony from partisan sources and your subjective personal feelings, intuitions, and perceptions are NOT sufficient evidence for most educated, modern, non-Christian adults to buy into the historicity of this ancient tall tale.
That is why Dr. Randall Rauser is NEVER going to answer this question.
You are a dishonest man, sir.
Rauser’s response: So your response to the charge that you’re obnoxious and strident is to be … wait for it … obnoxious and strident. I think it’s time that you move on.
Gary’s final response: I will go, but let every skeptic and Christian see the weakness in the apologetic defense of Randal Rauser: his subjective, irrational belief that he has a personal relationship with the creator of the universe…a creator who at one time was a first century peasant.
Your PhD and all your philosophical psycho-babble cannot compensate for this silly irrational belief which was ingrained into your brain as a gullible child. Let us all hope for the day when no parent teaches his or her innocent child these horrific ancient superstitions!
End of post.