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?