Thursday, March 02, 2006

Seeing is believing

John W. Loftus said:

“ Why should you believe what I say here since you don't believe anything I say? But what I said was accurate, whether you choose to believe it or not.”

Accurate as long as we disregard little matters of relative chronology.

“The previous book of mine was mild in comparison to this new one. I only wrote that one to explain to people who knew me why I had changed my mind. That's all I had ever intended to do, too. I didn't try to argue my case all that much, just enough for the people who knew me to get the gist. That former book is not as thorough or comprehensive in comparison to this new one.”

Some people think otherwise, as in:

“Reviewer:
David G. VanAllen "http://vanallens.com" (Ashtabula, OH USA)

Recently former Christian minister and author John W. Loftus contacted me and sent me a copy of his new book, "From Minister to Honest Doubter: Why I Changed My Mind."

While the book starts out explaining some of his experiential reasons for leaving Christianity, the 216-page volume goes far beyond a mere personal testimony and dives deeply into the elemental contradictions and concerns that weaken the underpinning of "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 1:3)

Most readers will not find Loftus' book one that can be adequately absorbed in an evening. Written in the style of a collegiate thesis, the plethora of scholarly works referenced in this publication places it amongst the better resources for the honest student. To do the volume justice one must be willing to follow the research that has been carefully documented by Loftus. For those without the time or interest to explore the mountain of references, this book will, none-the-less, provide a significant store for future study when time or necessity dictates.

Loftus' coverage of the problems inherent in the claims of Christianity is comprehensive…Hundreds of topics are broadly explored…”

Moving along:

“But are you saying that if I write anything to explain why I changed that I am a militant? Was I supposed to say nothing?--to keep my mouth shut?”

Sounds like a swell plan to me.

“ Why is it you can run your mouth all you want to but if I merely say something in disagreement I am a militant?”

Short answer: because I’m right and you’re wrong.

Anymore questions I can answer for you?

3 comments:

  1. I said That former book is not as thorough or comprehensive in comparison to this new one.

    So, if David thought it was comprehensive back then, what do you think he'd say now? I'm saying the case I make in my new book is overwhelmingly better.

    Again, are you going to read it and critique it for yourself? Hey, I dare you! I bet you think you're that smart, don't ya, or that your faith is that strong--that you can read something like my book and not have it affect your faith.

    If Christianity is true, then you have nothing to fear. But if Christianity is false, then you owe it to yourself to get the book. Either way you win.

    And even if you blast my book after reading it here on this Blog, I'll know that you read it, and just like poison takes time to work, all I have to do from then on is to wait for a personal crisis to kill your faith.

    Want to give it a go? The way I see you reason here makes me think it'll make your head spin with so many unanswerable questions that you won't know what to do.

    But that's just me. I couldn't answer these questions, so if you can, you're a smarter man than I am, and that could well be. Are you? I think not, but that's just me.

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  2. Hey, if you want to email me your MS, go right ahead. I'll keep a loaded revolver by my bed to shoot myself before the effect of the poison becomes unbearable.

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  3. You're kinda funny. Not too bad, I'll add.

    So, you'd rather die than be an atheist, eh? But what if Christianity is false? Are you unwilling to consider this? Why?

    Oh, and for the record, you haven't done me any favors, so you'll have to buy the book.

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