Mid-day Thought

When someone cites god’s will as a reason for doing or supporting something, there are two possible ways to rebut them.  You can either argue that god actually wills something else or you can argue that god does not exist to will anything.

The liberal Christians are relegated to the first option.  Unfortunately for the accommodationists in the movement, the liberal Christians use the same methods as the fanatics to argue their case for what god really wants.  This denies them the power to say the utter loons are more likely to be wrong, which is problematic.  To empower the liberal Christians is to empower the same qualities that keep lunatic faith alive.  Defending faith by highlighting the people who reach sane moral conclusions through unreasonable means is like saying a dice roll isn’t responsible for snake eyes because it lands on eleven sometimes.

The only way we’re ever going to make progress is by convincing people of the value of logic and reason.  Again, this is unfortunate for the accommodationists as those standards destroy liberal and conservative religion alike.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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