On Christians who cite scripture in an attempt to win arguments.

We’ve all had those conversations with believers, where we cite scientific and historical fact as supported by mounds of evidence and they respond with trotting out scripture, as if scripture carried more (or any) weight to us.  My father just watched this happen in a thread and made the following comment.

I just do not understand why, in the midst of a discussion, Christians quote scripture at non-Christians.

Surely they know that since I am not a Christian that their scriptural quote will mean absolutely nothing to me. Is this something they throw out there because they have no reason, logic, evidence, or factual information to use to promote their position?

Do they have their head so far up their biblical ass that they are unable to put themselves in the shoes of others? I mean, if I were to quote verses to them from books they don’t believe in like the Koran, the Bhagavad Ghita, or the Egyptian Book of the Dead, don’t they realize they would be exactly as impressed as I am by them quoting biblical scripture?

I am particularly confused when they quote scripture in the midst of conversations about the law of the land and government functions. Are they so eat up with their religious bullshit that they do not comprehend that their scriptures have absolutely nothing to do with civil laws and government in the USA? Are they in such denial that they are unable to recognize over 200 years of established jurisprudence on the issue of separation of church and state? Are they too damned dumb to comprehend that their religion doesn’t have one. single. damned. thing. to do with MY government and the equal treatment of ALL citizens?

If I spewed a quote at them from Aesop’s Fables as some sort of absolutist justification for whatever I am trying to promote like they do from Bible’s Fables, they would be unnerved that I considered that an immutable fact with which I could justify enforcing my ideas on them and on the rest of society. Helloooo!! Thumpers and quoters need to understand that they are scary! They also need to understand we do not have, and do not want, a theocracy in the USA. Since they give the impression that theocracy is exactly what they want, many of us are terrified.

Personally, I love it when believers try to win argument with scripture.  It gives me the chance to ask why the bible is believable and to watch them flounder.

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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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