Comment roundup.

Remember when Dr. Dave posted that bit about voting for Jesus?  For certain, it actually roped in one person: last week’s comment round-up victim, Ryan Baines.

Next, the Christian blogger who got all pissy that I’d suggest that believing in someone rising from the dead makes someone gullible has posted his defense.  He comes roaring out of the gate with this:

Gullible. This word conveys the idea of a person trusting in someone who has the intention of somehow tricking or manipulating them in some way.

Note, he’s not arguing that believing in such a stupid thing is reasonable, but that you’re not gullible if the other half of the conversation believes the same ludicrous thing.  If someone who really believes that farting cures cancer spins you that tale and you buy it, you’re gullible.  It doesn’t matter if they actually believe it.

So I did a little bit of research.  Maybe I should’ve said Christians are easily deceived, credulous, trusting, or simple.  I that was certainly what I meant with regards to their Christianity.  Perhaps I should’ve said Christians are foolish, suckers, silly, or unskeptical.  That also keeps with the tone of the piece.

Incidentally, I timed how long it took me to go to dictionary.com to make sure I was using the word appropriately.  It took me 21 seconds to go to the link and to read through it.  Presumably, that’s the amount of time and research it would’ve taken the gullible Christian blogger to not look desperate in his defense.

Pro tip: next post try defending the reasonableness of your beliefs.  That’s a sure way to drop the gullible label.*

Assuming you can adequately defend them.

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.

  • liber novus

    You should change the name of your blog to “What would Dr. David Burger do?”.

  • HP

    Did you know that Wikipedia doesn’t have a page for “gullibility”?

    • Nate Frein

      Unoriginal troll is unoriginal.

    • John Horstman

      I’m actually a little shocked that it meets the notability requirement. Encyclopedias are not (intended to be) dictionaries.

  • Zed

    That g+ thread you posted only goes south from there….


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