My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out addressing me as an atheist, I thought I’d respond.  The following is our conversation over Twitter, which ends up being a fine display of apologetics in action.

Sure, I oversimplified a bit, but the display of tunnel vision from Pritchett was astounding.  He has been taught that the Bible is this wonderful thing, and has claimed to read it 10 times, yet was unaware of any mention of instructions for slavery contained within.  And when confronted with the evidence, doubled down and tried to spin it in a positive way (failing miserably).

Are the religious so dedicated to not being wrong that they can so easily discard evidence of the Bible’s brutality?  Have the “good parts” of the Bible been so drilled into their brains that they refuse to see the ugly truth?

I welcome your comments and thoughts.  What would you have said to try to get him to think outside the apologetic box?

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Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, and the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers, a book aimed at improving relationships between the religious and their atheist loved ones. Kevin is also the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after-school program for kids focused on critical thinking. Guest bloggers are welcome at SecularVoices. Please email submissions to contact@secularvoices.org.

  • Bob Eldridge

    You will never get him to think outside of the box he has put himself into. Faith dictates that in the face of logic, reason, and the print in his bible, that he find a way out of facing the truth.

    • http://dividedundergod.com Kevin Davis

      I’m afraid you’re right, as sad as that statement is.

  • http://godlesscranium.wordpress.com/ Godless Cranium

    You may have planted the seed of doubt. Given time, he may decide to research on his own. Very few people drop their faith immediately.

    • http://dividedundergod.com Kevin Davis

      True. Although I don’t normally aim to get people to leave their faith, I do expect those who call out other religious demographics as lesser than them to at least know their own religion first.