Philosophy is the Art of Making BS Sound Intelligent—and that is why Christian Apologists love it!

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Check the credentials of many popular Christian apologists today and you will frequently find that he or she has a degree or at least some training in philosophy. Why is that? Answer: Philosophy is the art of making BS sound intelligent, and the superstitions at the core of Christianity are the epitome of BS. Ghost impregnated virgins? Reanimated, broiled fish eating, into outer space levitating corpses? Come on! The only way to make these outrageous claims appear respectable to a modern, educated world is to obfuscate the evidence for these claims with a heavy helping of mind-numbing philosophical mumbo jumbo.

But what is so glaringly hypocritical about apologists’ use of philosophy to defend their superstitions is the fact that when presented with the outrageous supernatural claims of someone else’s religion, these same Christian apologists will usually hand wave away these claims without a second thought, never bothering to apply their complicated, sophisticated philosophical concepts to the superstitions of Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, and others.

And these often very intelligent, highly educated Christians cannot fathom why we skeptics are so appalled at their use of philosophy to defend their “faith”. Think about this: Imagine someone using philosophy to defend his belief that stepping on a crack will break his mother’s back. How absurd! Yet, Christians do the very equivalent by using philosophy to defend their belief that a first century peasant from the middle east is the virgin-born creator of the universe; a back from the dead man-god with unlimited supernatural powers who demands our worship and praise to avoid some form of horrific torment in the afterlife. Wake up from your delusion, dear Christian friends!

The quagmire of philosophical theory is the last line of defense for an ancient superstition whose debunking is long overdue.

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14 thoughts on “Philosophy is the Art of Making BS Sound Intelligent—and that is why Christian Apologists love it!

  1. While many apologists will claim some training in philosophy, I’ve found over the years that many of the professional or dedicated apologists, many of them having specialized graduated degrees in apologetics from Christian universities , make some of the most sweeping generalizations and leaps of logic. It makes me wonder what they teach in these classes and programs, especially since it’s supposed to be at the graduate level.

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    1. What is doubly amazing is that seemingly above-average intelligent individuals swallow this stuff whole!!?! And then turn around and do all they can to convince others!

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      1. I’m probably stating the obvious, but It seems that in areas like religion, (patriotism also comes to mind), psychology plays a bigger role than philosophy

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  2. I think it’s partly cultural. People in the West are more conditioned and even biased toward naturalism. In other parts of the world, places like sub-Sahara Africa, for instance, even the most highly and formally educated folks are more open to the supernatural.

    It’s definitely deeper than a matter of intelligence or formal education or indoctrination for that matter, IMO anyway.

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    1. It is definitely deeper than intelligence and formal education. There are many very intelligent, highly educated Hindus, for instance, who believe in the reality of the elephant god, Ganesh.

      Cultural superstitions pervade many cultures even among the educated elite of those cultures such as judges, government officials, doctors, and lawyers.

      Becky: Do you believe that it is rational to believe in Lord Ganesh, a god with an elephant’s head?

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  3. No, not in a literal way. I’m guessing that some probably accept more the symbolism or the idea personified by this diety. I don’t think Jesus is coming again either through the heavens physically riding on a white horse with a real sword protruding from His mouth. But, I understand the truth that is being conveyed through the symbolism.

    Gary, do you think it’s possible that deeper spiritual truth can be conveyed through myth, allegory or symbolism? If there is a God, wouldn’t it seem reasonable for Him to communicate/connect with people in ways that made sense in their own cultural context? Have you truly written everything off altogether?

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    1. Do you believe Islam and the Koran are equally valid then, with Christianity and the Bible? Surely you must, given your comments about God conveying spiritual truth though myth allegory and symbolism. There is no reason not to think you should also be reading the Koran as equally inspired, and your prayers and devotions should also be offered to Allah, not just Jesus.

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      1. No, I don’t feel they can be equally valid because at least in part they make contradictory claims. For instance, Muslims feel it is deeply blasphemous to even suppose that Jesus was crucified. On the other hand, I think there is some truth also conveyed through Islam. I mean who are we to limit God. I think He honors anyone’s desire to know Him.

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    2. Anything is possible, but wouldn’t it be better to believe only that which we can confirm with the scientific method and put everything else in the “possible but unlikely” category? I don’t deny the possible existence of a Creator, but there is no good evidence to specifically identify her.

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  4. You totally lost me here, Gary. Your screed against philosophy just because of conservative Xn apologists would be like a screed against medicine based on nothing but homeopaths. Give some actual philosophy a try.

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    1. Yea, my original title was something like “Why Do Christian Apologists Use Philosophy to Defend Their Religion’s Teachings? Answer: Because they can make their BS sound intelligent!”

      Too long!

      So, yes, it seems like I am trashing the entire field of philosophy, which is not my intention. I am “trashing” the use of philosophy to defend religious superstitions.

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      1. Well, anyone could accuse you of dishonesty or being provocative by using a click-bait title.

        Hume said:

        One considerable advantage that arises from philosophy consists in the sovereign antidote which it affords to superstition and false religion. […] But when sound philosophy has once gained possession of the mind, superstition is effectually excluded, and one may fairly affirm that her triumph over this enemy is more complete than over most of the vices and imperfections incident to human nature. Love or anger, ambition or avarice, have their root in the temper and affection, which the soundest reason is scarce ever able fully to correct, but superstition being founded on false opinion, must immediately vanish when true philosophy has inspired juster sentiments of superior powers. – David Hume, “Of Suicide”

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