Is Belief in Jesus Christ as Irrational as Belief in Santa Claus?

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Christian: You are not going to convince Christians of the falsity of their beliefs by ridiculing them. You need to change their minds with evidence.

Gary: I have a question: What caused you to stop believing in Santa Claus when you were a child? I seriously doubt you were dissuaded from believing in Santa Claus by evidence. You were dissuaded from believing in Santa Claus either because your parents told you he wasn’t real or because your friends and classmates laughed at you when you said you believed in him. But imagine if your parents had continued to tell you that Santa Claus is real. In that case, which would have dissuaded you more strongly: Evidence or ridicule from your peers?

I will bet that ridicule from your social peers would have been a stronger impetus for you to abandon your superstition, a superstition that your parents continued to believe.

I have come to the conclusion that the best antidote for Christian superstitions is to strip them of their social respectability. If belief in the existence and magical powers of a reanimated first century corpse named Jesus were viewed with the same incredulity, scorn, and ridicule as most modern adults would view another grown adult’s belief in a literal Santa Claus, Christianity would shrivel and die in a very short period of time.

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9 thoughts on “Is Belief in Jesus Christ as Irrational as Belief in Santa Claus?

  1. I think too much of the world and in the case of the US, its own population, are religious and believe in the super natural in some form and Jesus as an extension of that. This makes the skeptic the minority. So it’s like everyone believes in some form of Santa except a few bloggers and liberal academics in ivory towers. And the believer won’t encounter that skepticism unless he or she actively goes looking for it by reading blogs and skeptical books.

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  2. It’s worse than that, Jim. The stories of the reanimated corpse stem from other people’s visions of ‘him’, related in the main by a different bunch of people who’d never even met those who’d had the visions. Give me Santa any day.

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    1. And we have an eyewitness account of Santa – a gospel, er, I mean book called “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”

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  3. Oh my! I can hardly stop laughing! A CHRISTIAN is saying “You need to change their minds with evidence” ????😂😄😅😂🤣

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      1. What evidence would convince me of what? That there is a god? That Christianity is real? If that’s what your asking, you should already know that, for me, it’s not even a question worth considering. I long ago discarded/discounted such an entity/belief.

        I just had to LAUGH that a Christian, who essentially has NO evidence for his/her belief, would try to tell an ATHEIST the importance of evidence.

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        1. I understood the irony in your first comment.
          I am just surprised that even from over there you were unable to detect how my tongue was firmly in my cheek.

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          1. Well, I did wonder a bit … but decided to go ahead and answer the question for the reading pleasure of certain “others” that occasionally visit Gary’s blog. 😀

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