What I see here is simply an overly used anger driven "list" of reasons that are supposed to make followers of Christ feel like fools for believing what they believe. And if they feel foolish, or as the author's say many times "stupid", then they will end their foolish system of belief.
If that were the case, Christianity would end as he says. Unfortunately, he is missing one vital point, Christians do not just believe in an idea, or even a collection of ideas. They believe in a personal God, one that they communicate with. And yes, to make the foolishness even more foolish, He talks back to them! Debating the legitimacy of the idea with people who already "know" God will fall on deaf ears. True Christians do not "choose" Christianity out of a list of viable options based on how logical it is, but realize that God has chosen all. The very basis of faith in Christ is based on the understanding that man's logic is already flawed. Unlike what the author thinks, most Christians are very aware of 1 Corinthians 2:12-14:
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
If there is anything that upsets an atheist, it is this understanding. You cannot argue or reason against it. A list of "logical" reasons will not move a true Christian away from His faith. The only thing that will move a Christian away from His faith is if Gods (Spirit) no longer speaks to his heart in the depths of his soul. Those that are convinced of these arguments and moved away from their faith do not know God personally and have placed their faith in the "ideas" of Christianity, not in Christ, so they are easily drawn away by "natural reasoning".
The authors also fail to realize that conversion comes when God speaks to the heart first, then a "change of heart" occurs, and everything radically becomes different. Christianity no longer looks foolish, but becomes their very own salvation. Hence 1 Corinthians 1:18:
[ The Wisdom of God ] For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Nice try, but not dead yet...
crbrown, Amazon reviews 41 Comments
[5/14/2013 3:36:02 AM]
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