[Turing] Christian Answer 12

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines.What is your best reason for being a Christian?Well, it puts me in a more direct appreciation of truth than anything else, for a start, and I happen to think pursuit and acceptance of truth to be an essential thing-- the only thing, in fact. But what about Christianity is true? I don't mean to advocate Biblical literalism, though nor … [Read more...]

[Turing] Christian Answer 11

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines.What is your best reason for being a Christian?My best reason for being (or should I say staying) a Christian is the changes I see in my life as a result of it. I know what kind of person I can be, I'm self absorbed, judgmental, vain, lazy, indifferent, amongst other things. But when I turn my sights away from myself and focus it on … [Read more...]

[Turing] Christian Answer 10

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines.What is your best reason for being a Christian?Christianity, and Catholicism in particular, is the most rational belief system. I make the argument in four steps: Christianity is 1) possible, 2) probable, 3) historical, and 4) good.1) Theism provides a viable explanation for everything. Atheist philosopher Nick Bostrom, in his … [Read more...]

[Turing] Christian Answer 9

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines.What is your best reason for being a Christian?First, go read my answer to the third question, below.Okay, that's probably the single biggest reason why I'm a Christian, but I don't expect that it will be the most convincing for everyone. For starters, some of you are probably less bloodthirsty or *ahem* more Christian than … [Read more...]

[Turing] Christian Answer 8

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines. What is your best reason for being a Christian?Christian doctrine has a lot of parts, so one really needs a sustained argument in several steps even to give the outline. However, I'll say this: my best reason for being a Christian is the sublime perfection of the ethics of the Gospels. It's because of that, because the wisdom of His … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Round Voting Closes Tonight

At midnight, I'll be closing the first-round ballot of the Ideological Turing Test, so if you've been waiting to give your answers or if you have a friend who you know would love to participate, you'd better move fast.Almost half the Christian answers are posted, and the voting link for this round will go live Friday morning (at some point after I get back from the midnight showing of Harry Potter).If you to participate in a future run of this experiment, you can sign up here.I'm off … [Read more...]

[Turing] Christian Answer 7

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines.What is your best reason for being a Christian?I am a Christian because I believe that God exists - in the complexity of nature, in the beauty of art, and in the human capacity for empathy and compassion. Some people have told me that this belief is irrational. I am not so bothered by this charge.I am a Christian because I believe … [Read more...]