“If someone doesn’t value evidence then what evidence can you give them to change their mind? If someone doesn’t value logic then what argument can you persuade them with?”
There’s a story in the news this morning about a guy who claims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ…..
Now I could go on about the burden of proof and rip his story apart in all sorts of ways but what would be the point? This story only proves that there is no story so outlandish that you can’t find some people to believe in it. In fact the only problem he has is that a world of 6 Billion people he hasn’t, so far, found that many but give it time and some mass media exposure and he’ll be set for life.
This kind of thing is a prime example of why I have given up arguing with the faithful like this guy who I was arguing with last week about scripture…..
In this guy’s opinion the only thing that would make the story above more convincing is to wait until 100 years after he’s dead then get dozens of people who didn’t know him to write down a 3rd or 4th hand version of the story then get 47 translators to amalgamate them into 4 differing accounts of the story! Now it becomes believable! Obviously such things are only believable to people who start with a belief in God and then try to fit the facts around that as best they can. This is why I have now embraced APATHEISM because I only have one life to live and I haven’t got the time to waste worrying about the beliefs of others. I can only trust in my gut feeling that in the great bell curve of belief the vast majority of people are similarly apatheistic and merely going along with whatever social flow they have been born into. I have reason to believe this…..