A telling comment from Pat Robertson

When I first heard this I was like, “pfft, that’s no surprise,” but this statement from Pat Robertson is really quite telling:

Some transcription via Right Wing Watch:

“Well, we are so sophisticated, we think we’ve got everything figured out, we know about evolution, we know about Darwin, we know about all these things that says God isn’t real, we know about all this stuff,” Robertson lamented, “in many schools, in the most advanced schools, we have been inundated with skepticism and secularism.”

Unlike these too-educated Americans, “overseas they are simple and humble” and are more ready to accept miracles.

The gut reaction most science-minded folks will have to this, I think, is that Robertson is is being anti-intellectual and anti-science, which is true.

But what’s more significant, I think, is the fact that Robertson is responding to a questioner who assumes that “amazing miracles,” including “people raised from the dead,” are happening “with great frequency in places like Africa,” just not in the US. And Robertson accepts that assumption without a second thought.

The problem for Robertson–and anyone who believes in miracles, in fact–is that a world where “amazing miracles” happen only in places where they’re harder to document looks suspiciously like a world where such amazing miracles aren’t happening at all.

  • Ophis

    There seems to be quite a lot of the racist, “noble savage” view of the developing world there. He wants us to be ignorant and gullible, and he thinks Africans are a great example of that. It’s the same arrogance hiding behind complimentary language that European imperialists once had.

  • Steven Carr

    If Christians in Africa testify to the existence of amazing miracles, Westerners accept that.
    If Christians in Africa testify to the existence of child witches , Westerners reject that.

    Why the double standard?

    • Ben L

      Because most people are not so heartless as to see killing/ostracizing someone for being a non-existent supernatural evil as ok. Miracles re-affirm the idea of a loving deity. Witches just seem medieval.

  • MNb

    “happen only in places where they’re harder to document”
    Of course there is a plus side too. If rationality drives miracles away rationality also drives black magica away. Perhaps that’s why yorka’s and bakru’s have disappeared since I arrived at Moengo, Suriname.

  • http://SkeptimusPrime.com Dylan Walker

    I think his point may have been that miracles happen here too but we don’t see them because we are too skeptical.

    I didn’t say it was a good point.

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