People with faith are blind

Honestly, can we stop pussyfooting around this issue? I feel like I’m the bad guy here every time I have to tell some delusional sheep his beliefs are unsound nonsense. The problem is made even worse when the person in question is actually educated. It would appear no one is immune to dumb ideas. In the case of intelligent people, their own elaborate justifications create a kind of intellectual fog blinding them to just how fantastically stupid their beliefs are.

Take this article in the Boston Globe called “He is Risen, the Faith is the Proof“, written by James Carroll. As you can guess from the title, it’s another piece of religious fluff, arguing the faith of believers is really all the evidence you need to believe in something. It’s about as scientific as a road-runner cartoon, and like its cartoon brother, the act is getting a little tired.

What if there were surveillance cameras in the time of Jesus…If such videotape were to become available, and instead it showed nothing — would Christian faith thereby collapse?
Of course not. Why? Because the resurrection of Jesus is addressed not to a machine but to the eyes of faith. The example, though, demonstrates the modern fallacy — the way a Post-Enlightenment religious imagination gets easily sidetracked into questions of “scientific’’ or “historical’’ proof.

In other words, you can easily get caught being full of shit if someone tries to address your beliefs by demanding evidence. Luckily, the solution (as always) is to credit people’s own blind ignorance for being far more consistent with their silly beliefs. The entire article is Carroll trying to wrestle with scripture, attempting to derive some form of sense out of the contradictory ramblings of the New Testament. The article attempts to argue the “fact” of Jesus’ resurrection is irrelevant: because all of this foolishness is fueled by faith, no amount of evidence would dissuade people from worshiping this guy.

His piece de resistance is even more idiotic:

As God creates ex nihilo in the beginning, so God creates at the end. Alpha and Omega. Thus, the resurrection of Jesus was not a suspension of the laws of nature, but a fulfillment of them — a personal event without being physiological, a real happening without being “historical”.

Do they ever get tired of this kind of meaningless nonsense? Jesus didn’t suspend the laws of physics, he just took them to their natural conclusion, everybody! Fuck physics as you know it: the important thing is a historically unconfirmed death led to a magical metaphorical resurrection. and thanks to all that stupidity, life now has meaning.

Resurrection is the word Christians have for this awareness. And why should it not have ignited the ancient world?

Yeah, it ignited quite a few fires, alright. The destruction of the Library of Alexandria or the torture and immolation of tens of thousands of women comes to mind. For someone who studied history, Carroll sure has a funny idea of the relative benefits of his religion, doesn’t he?

Comments (11)

  • avatar

    brooke

    You are a beligerent individual with nothing to say. This is a waste of internet space. I suggest you take up a hobby that doesn’t require you to speak or write.

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    BlueIndependent

    What’s sort of funny – in a cynical, tragic way – is that what this fool has editorialized about is what he considers “proof”, yet in the next breath when he is asked of the nature of the mechanics of which he speaks, he’ll inevitably utter something about the “mystery” of his god’s nature and will. Lack of evidence is proof, evidence is mystery…it’s all so metaphysical 1984. Except, it was that way millenia before 1984 was written.

    I wonder if there are any instances of US papers choosing to print as editorial Hitchens’ address to the American Atheist Convention in Des Moines, IA. Probably not.

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    BlueIndependent

    Hey Brooke, since you’re so interested in valueless wastes of space on the internet, why not just stay off of it and let civilization pass you by peacefully?

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    TheRichDarkEarth

    I read the article. I should have known it could be dismissed merely by its title “the faith is the proof”. The fact that people operate on bizarre assertions built on blind faith convinces me that we’re never going to make it off this planet.

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    C Conti

    Hi brook, why not waste your time at christianfuckingfairytales.com instead? Do you really have to troll an atheist blog to “affirm your faith”?
    I bet meetup.com has a chapter of trolls for Jesus near you.

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    C Conti

    I love it how the article ends. ” it ignited the ancient world”. It went largely unnoticed except for a few stragglers. The Romans, bookkeepers and record takers second to none save maybe for the nazi, never even wrote as much as a daily report about the execution of this Jewish guy. It “ignited” my ass.

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    C Conti

    I love it how the article ends. ” it ignited the ancient world”. It went largely unnoticed except for a few stragglers. The Romans, bookkeepers and record takers second to none save maybe for the nazi, never even wrote as much as a daily report about the execution of this Jewish guy. It “ignited” my ass.

    Edit: it’s telling me I have already posted the same thing. I didn’t.

  • avatar

    Tim

    Brooke, we don’t go trolling your favorite sights, please don’t troll ours.

  • avatar

    Alex

    This article is pseudo intellectual gibberish. I can’t say I’m surprised, I read his book Constantine’s Sword while researching a paper, and the man is a hack.

  • avatar

    nick

    “the way a post-Enlightenment religious imagination gets easily sidetracked into questions of ‘scientific’ or ‘historical’ proof.”

    Yeah… it’s always a mistake to get sidetracked by proof.

  • avatar

    Jim

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartesian_circle

    he’s using specious reasoning that was shown to be fallacious 400 years ago.

    moron.

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