The latest profundities of John Loftus:
“Let's say Allah exists.”
Let’s say he doesn’t.
“Since no one can be absolutely sure, this is a possibility, correct?”
“The Muslim God could exist and the Koran could be his word.”
No, the Koran could not be his word since Islam is a Christian heresy. Muhammad appeals to the Bible to attest his own prophetic claims.
But since the Bible contradicts the Koran, Muhammad is a false prophet by his very own yardstick.
“As an atheist I admit this possibility.”
One more strike against atheism.
“So I suspect that Christians who are not absolutely blinded by their faith and upbringing would agree with me here.”
Far from being blind faith, this is a matter of elementary logic.
“So with that possibility…”
Predicated on a false premise.
“…let's say you die and you stand before Allah's judgment and he sends you to hell. Christian, what do you say in response? You say ‘I didn't know.’ ‘I thought Christianity was true.’ Then the Muslim God simply says, ‘ignorance is no excuse, I gave you many clues.’ ‘I even spoke through the atheist John W. Loftus when he suggested this possibility one day on his Blog." ;-) "Now off you go into hell's eternal flames."
Excepting for the fact that the only clues we find in the Koran are clues of charlatanry and self-delusion.
“Think of the shock of it all! You would be completely and utterly in shock, wouldn't you?”
Since John Loftus doesn’t believe in the afterlife, he regards the dead as pretty shockproof.
“And this is exactly what you believe that Muslims and atheists, Jews and Deists will face on the day of judgment with YOUR Christian God?”
Sounds good to me.
Ah, yes, the old argumentum ad hogwashum.
It’s even more irrefutable when he adds the adjective, don’t you think?
“I haven't got the words to express my disgust with this God of yours.”
That’s what happens when your infidelity is sentimental rather than rational.
“ And I am dumbfounded why anyone would believe this. I am even more dumbfounded that I believed it for far too long.”
Well, that inspires a lot of confidence in his powers of reasoning, does it not?
So this post isn’t for real. It’s all a bad dream. That would go a long way towards explaining the caliber of reasoning.
“No intelligent Being would demand that we must believe the right things about him in order to gain entrance into heaven, even if he did exist.”
Notice how this dogmatic assertion directly contradicts his previous claim: ““As an atheist I admit this possibility, so I suspect that Christians who are not absolutely blinded by their faith and upbringing would agree with me here.”
Evidently, Loftus is absolutely blinded by his infidelity.
“This God of yours parallels the barbaric ‘thought police’ in ancient civilizations.”
Actually, modern-day liberals are the “thought police.” Look at their speech codes on college campus. Look at their ever-enlarging list of hate crimes. Look at the way they stifle dissent on evolution. Or their mandatory “diversity training.”
No one’s more censorious or intolerant than a liberal.
“This is a democratic age we're living in.”
Given the fact that Loftus is a cultural relativist, the appeal to social conditioning cuts both ways. Why is a democratic age morally superior to a “barbaric” age?
“We all have various opinions on everything, and these opinions are sincerely held ones.”
Notice how he substitutes democracy for truth.
And observe his selective tolerance. What about sincerely held Christian beliefs?
“We are tolerant of diverse opinions because educated people realize we will have intelligent differences. But to send people to hell because they disagreed, well, that's barbaric, plain and simple.”
1.Assuming that it’s barbaric, what’s wrong with barbarism?
Does Loftus believe in moral absolutes? If so, where’s the argument? If not, drop the moralistic bravado.
2.Actually, what we believe about someone else says a lot about ourselves. If a skinhead idolizes Adolf Hitler, that says a lot about the skinhead. If a teenager idolizes a gangsta rapper, that says a lot about the teenager.
If you’re a Maoist or a Nazi or a Kamikaze, that says a lot about the sort of person you are. About your value-system.
3.We have social obligations. Moral and intellectual duties to other people. If a man saves my life or does me a big favor, I’m in his debt.
Suppose I have a famous father. Suppose he’s a devoted father.
And suppose, after he’s dead, I write a sensational biography full of libelous accusations just to cash in on my father’s fame.
That would be a supreme act of betrayal.
There are people who deserve our love and loyalty. People who merit our respect and gratitude—beginning with God.
But, of course, that’s something Loftus wouldn’t understand because he treats other people as disposable means to achieve his selfish ends.