Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Flemming! Sapient! Meet Me in the Battle Arena!

So should I follow up with the Rational Response Squad? After a long chat with a new member of my congregation on Sunday (thanks, Enoch), I'm inclined to at least toss out the gauntlet. To do this, I've got to first deal with several issues.

First, the Blasphemy Challengeteers seem to only respond where it's expedient to do so. They're savvy enough to know that a conversation...a real conversation...isn't going to get them the media exposure that they crave. They need a high profile literalist whipping boy, and I'm just not going to serve that up for them. I'm the pastor of a sweet little church with three dozen members. Who am I to merit their time?

Second, having a "debate" with a progressive Christian just isn't in their best interests. Their whole schtick is trying to wrest people with functioning cerebral cortexes (cortices?) from the faith. Having a discussion with a Christian who could sound themes that might actually resonate with members of their Skwad isn't going to help them. Better to keep the assault on faith simplistic, a Bizzaro-World-Dubya either-yer-with-us-or-against-us approach to belief.

Finally, I'm just not sure any of this matters. Sure, it's got the Liberty University campus in a tizzy. But that's easy to do. Getting a rise out of Pharisees is an old thing, stale and dry. It's been a hundred years...and who remembers Freud's "Future of an Illusion?" Or Feuerbach's "The Essence of Christianity?" The whole thing is silly. Trivial.

Nonetheless, but with that in mind, if either of the Brians are reading this...I'll go on your little podcast gangbang. It'd be fun. Just think...you could debunk the delusional Christian Progressive.

8 comments:

  1. "(W)ho remembers Freud's "Future of an Illusion?" Or Feuerbach's "The Essence of Christianity?"

    I do.

    If you want to be a guest on the RRS show, just ask. They'll have you on.

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  2. Hello, Beloved Spear. The Rational Response Squad would be happy to discuss any issue with you.

    The next recording session will be in May as the shows are prerecorded in advance. I can assure you that there is minimal editing involved in the show and your side will be fairly presented to the listeners. Sometimes the guests will want to have something they have said in error edited out. I would not be affiliated with the RRS if it were not like this.

    Please contact me at darth_seeker@yahoo.com for further details.

    Incidentally, you could peruse the forums at www.rationalresponders.com to see if any of your questions might have already been answered satisfactorily already.

    I am darth_josh on the message boards where I am a moderator.

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  3. Beloved_Spear,

    Be warned, my friend. RRS makes their shows completely unfair to Christians. Listen to Pastor Gene Cook's show on RRS. And you may want to read about how I exposed their unfair tactics.

    If you go on their show, ask that it should be fair. Also, tell them that you should have the time to cross-examine them during the show too. RRS hates being asked tough questions. And they don't like fair debates.

    Just my two cents,

    Frank Walton

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  4. candle:

    I tried to respond to your blog...but you don't permit comments from folks who aren't "Team Members." Ah well.

    I'm glad to hear someone else has read both Freud and Feuerbach. I 'spect you enjoyed them more than I, but they're still worth reading. I was always more partial to Nietzsche, myself.

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  5. Having a meaningful conversation with "candle in the dark" (aka Chris Smith aka Todangst) is almost impossible.

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  6. Unbreaking SwordApril 9, 2007 at 1:40 AM

    First of all, "Praises to the Lord Jesus the Christ for I am saved and found!"
    I just watched your youtube presentation and found it righteously and humorously calming after witnessing the blasphemy that it responded to which nearly caused me to rip my shirt- not out of anger or frustration, but out of sadness for the sheer lack of "rationalism". To put it in Layman's terms (as others might read this, though I know you're already savvy), rationality is: "the state of having good sense and sound judgement" -or- "the quality of being consistent with or based on logic." Having said that, let's take a look at all sides. Atheists, if God doesn't exsist- they live and die as they choose with perhaps some rememberance if they choose to do something memorable. Athiests, if God exsists- they live as they choose and when they die they'll burn in eternal fire where unbearable pain never subsides (try sticking your hand in boiling water; now imagine it staying there and hurting much more- no chance of relief, not even for an instant). Christians, if God doesn't exsist: they live with a moral code and do their best to follow it and help mankind progress by it and when they dies they're remembered as a good people. Christians and God EXSISTS: they live by a moral code and do their best to follow it and when they die, they live in an eternal paradice with their Creator, forever...
    Now for a "rational response" based on rational logic, though I know you -Beloved Spear- know the answer, which sounds better, or "rational", to you?
    Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord. The Christ has come in the flesh. He is risen! Amen!
    P.S. As a U.S. Marine, I've seen the "face of death" surround me and I've seen the "Hand of the merciful Lord" protect me. There's no denying what I've seen nor the One who saved me. Take care, carry on the fight (not against man, as you know already- Beloved Spear- but against the darkness in the world) in the best manner the Lord instructs you. God Bless you, Pastor Beloved Spear.

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