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.

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.

  • Randomfactor

    There’s a lovely scene in the Illuminatus trilogy featuring a huge oil painting: A cowering Moses flinches away from the fiery finger of God, inscribing in the rock


  • articulett

    Liberal theists prop up this idea that faith is a valid way of knowing about the world. If you believe that there is an invisible guy communicating with people, then you are partially responsible for the messages people imagine they are getting– after all, there is no way to tell a real heavenly message from a delusion of such. Liberal theists enable and ennoble peoples’ religious delusions.

    I want all people who imagine they are in touch with invisible and/or divine beings to be suspect.

  • R. Johnston

    This point is so obvious and easy to understand that you really have to wonder what accomodationists are thinking. Faith is license to believe based not on empirical reality but based on what one wants to believe. Faith is license to teach others to believe what you want them to believe without regard for truth, and wherever there is faith there is a con man waiting to take advantage.

    Faith is a sickness, a disease that addles the intellectual immune system, leaving the mind vulnerable to infection by any ridiculousness that takes advantage. No one would ever say we should tolerate physical autoimmune disorders just because not everyone takes ill or dies as soon as they develop such a disorder. An autoimmune disorder, be it faith or physical, has no merits to it. It’s benign until it isn’t, at which point it’s a disaster.

  • Mark

    The issue of discerning God’s will is one that should be approached with “fear and trembling,” embodying the very concept of existential angst. This is something that a modernist may find difficult to understand.