Atheist apologist John Loftus has announced plans to debate evangelical Christian theologian and apologist, Randal Rauser, on the topic of violence in the Old Testament. I have some advice:
I followed Rauser on his blog for several months. He is a very prickly character. He does not handle criticism well. However, I eventually discovered his weakness; his “soft under belly”: his personal relationship with a first century peasant named Jesus of Nazareth.
Rauser hates to discuss his personal relationship with Jesus with skeptics! He will avoid discussing this topic at all cost, including banning you from his blog. He would much rather go off into the weeds of philosophy and logic; the existence of a generic Creator God; the basis of morality; etc.. If you debate Rauser on these topics, I guarantee you he will drown you in mind-numbing, sophisticated-sounding bs that he adeptly learned while obtaining his PhD in philosophy.
So don’t do it. You are wasting your time.
If you are going to debate him, I suggest that you insist that, at the very beginning of the debate, he provide evidence that he has a personal relationship with Jesus of Nazareth—and—how he knows that this god/man subverted the laws of physics to save his life when he was hit by a bus as a child at the age of 11. (Yes, this is why Rauser is a believer: Jesus saved his life when he was hit by a bus as a child.)
Sophisticated evangelical apologists such as Randal Rauser become very squeemish when you ask them how old they were when they first believed in virgin births and corpse reanimations.
Just how much study and research did Randall Rauser perform on these topics at the tender age of 11 before choosing to believe in their reality? Answer: None! Rauser’s Christian worldview is not based on his research and years of study. Nope. All of that came AFTER he had already believed—hook, line, and sinker—this ancient tall tale.
Just how rational and logical is that, Doctor Rauser?
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