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Friday, July 4, 2008

Don't Quote Psalms 14:1

If there is one theist argument or statement that you never had to hear again, what would it be? What is something that is just so shockingly idiotic, ignorant, or asinine that it causes you physical pain; something so wrong and logically flawed that it makes you wonder if they are all parroting from the same source. What would it be? Pascal's Wager? Morals from religion? Arguments from design? Arguments from authority? Atheists claim to know there is no God? Which would you eliminate from the laundry list of statements which induce a head throbbing pain?

I would eliminate Psalms 14:1. If you could find an atheist in America who has never read even a single verse of the Bible, I bet they could recite Psalms 14:1, word-for-word. It is a favorite of Ray's which he brings up at least once a week, as he did in his latest post. It goes something like this:
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
What is going through the minds of people like Ray who quote this at atheists? What conversation do they imagine in their heads?
Atheist: I don't believe there is a God or the Bible being true.
Theist: The Bible says in Psalms 14:1: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."
Atheist: What? Really? The Bible says that? It must be true, then. Well, I don't want to be a fool, so I'd better believe the Bible is true and that the Christian God exists.
The inanity is breathtaking.


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2 comments:

The Ranting Student said...

I'm guessing you're exactly correct, and Ray tries to pursuade people to his side[also known as ignorance], to "reach the lost" with silly little phrases ad bible verses, not to mention being annoying...

Which makes me wonder if he's taken his pills yet...

DisComforting Ignorance said...

Yeah, I don't know why but Psalms 14:1 is what every Christian always reaches for first. If the person is going to cite something out of a book which you disbelieve in order to persuade you to believe due only to the fact that it says you should believe, well... that's a pretty good yard stick of how sane your conversation is going to be with them.