Do you really think you're going to prove anything to these apostates? They are willful self-deceivers and do not want to learn. What do you hope to gain by devoting your time to them instead of to the Lord? I will pray for you, and for the lost before it is too late for them. But by expending so much of your precious energy on infidels, you are doing exactly what they want you to do.
This is my rationale:
To begin with, I don’t expect to win over a hardened apostate. That’s not my target audience. The apostate is simply my foil.
My real audience is twofold:
1.Not every Christian has a ready-made answer to attacks on his faith. Not every Christian has access to a decent library.
When objections are allowed to pile up, it can have a cumulative and corrosive effect on one’s faith.
In spiritual warfare, it isn’t necessary to kill a Christian’s faith to take him out of action. It is only necessary to cripple his faith.
He doesn’t lose his faith, but he loses his confidence.
2.In addition, not every unbeliever is a reprobate. Some are backsliders. Some just don’t know any better. Some are sitting on the fence, waiting to see who wins the argument.
The Secular Web is the world’s leading website in the cause of militant atheism.
As such, it has quite a constituency.
A while back, it started a weblog (The Secular Outpost), which is a spin-off of The Secular Web.
This was an attempt to extend its reach. Extend its sphere of influence.
I assume The Secular Outpost draws from the preexisting constituency of The Secular Web.
The Secular Outpost also has a number of links to other secular sites.
DC is one of these. I assume that it gets a lot of crossover traffic from The Secular Outpost.
Why do I pick on the DC rather than the Secular Web or the Secular Outpost or some other site?
For a few practical reasons:
1.The Secular Web has been around for years. It has bottomless archives. It presents too big a target. It’s unmanageably large and diffuse in terms of the sheer amount of material one would have to sift through.
2.Contributors to The Secular Web don’t post all that often. Moreover, guys like Edis and Lowder don’t present much of a target. They are grown-ups. They pick their battles. They are too shrewd to stick their neck out the way the Debunkers do.
3.Of the various links, DC is the only site that regularly assails the Christian faith.
4.I assume that DC attracts a certain audience because its contributors are ex-Christian and ex-ministers. They have the inside dish, right?
5.Loftus bills himself as a student of Craig. This has PR appeal.
Well, if someone who trained under a Christian apologist to be a Christian apologist defects from the faith, then what does that tell you about the Christian faith. The more you know, the less you believe, right?
6.The Debunkers have nothing original to say. It’s a garage sale, hawking kitschy criticisms of the Christian faith.
But that makes it a useful foil. At this stage of the game, all of the objections to Christianity are going to be stock objections.
So DC presents a nice, compact target.
If a militant atheist chooses to walk around with a bull’s-eye on his back, I’m happy to accommodate him.
Sure, DC may be no more distinguished than a roadside salesman peddling velvet paintings, but when you get right down to it, the case against Christianity doesn’t get much better than this.
7.Am I doing exactly what they want me to do? I seriously doubt that when Loftus inaugurated DC, he expected my colleagues and I to dog him every step of the way. To see his every grand disproof of the faith shot down a few hours (at most) after it was posted.