Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Skeptical Fish and Chips

Moving on from yesterday’s theme of Skeptics who never learn, we have a miscellaneous roster of folks, some old, some new, who we’ll look at over the next few days.

First on the list: Stevie Carr. Now talk about someone who never learns – Stevie has remained as mouth-frothingly ignorant as he was when I first tanned his backside back in ’96.

Consider his comments on that post made by Vinnie, that we looked at yesterday:

God can raise people from the dead, but he cannot create mass hallucinations.
Some things are just too hard even for a god to do.

Stevie is an expert at the barely comprehensible non sequitur, as this one is, though to be fair, he’s basing this on Vinnie’s mishandled argument. Even so, we have to ask why Stevie would want to argue (or allow it to be argued) that God created a mass hallucination of Jesus risen from the dead. Letting God into the picture would seem to be counterproductive for Stevie’s ultimate ideology. But apparently that doesn’t occur to him.

If people were inventing stories, surely they would have invented a story that was plausible rather than a story about a world-wide darkness of 3 hours that nobody recorded?

This is the best example from this set of how Stevie never learns. He’s been corrected on this multiple times, often by me: No, Stevie, the NT does not say the darkness was “world-wide” – the term used in Greek is a highly flexible one that can mean anything from a nation to a very limited area. Whether it ever does mean the whole earth, as a political entity, is something I seriously doubt – at best, it is used at times to refer to the “earth” in the sense of that which is opposite “heaven”. But that in itself connotes no specific geographic content.

Who would believe a story of a world wide darkness of 3 hours that went unrecorded outside the pages of the Gospels?

Stevie’s been corrected by me on this repeatedly as well; at one point this resulted in a rather amusing exchange in which Stevie essentially denied the reality of a phenomenon called “sun dogs” – he’s the “someone” I refer to in the link at the end of this entry. From that time on, it was a refrain on TheologyWeb for some of us to crack Stevie on the head with any time he made a stupid statement. Which was pretty much all the time.

These days, Stevie seems to occupy a lot of his time making inane comments on blogs like Ben Witherington’s. He remains as clueless as he always has been, repeating some of the same arguments he knows he’s been refuted on, apparently hoping he’ll get a different result. He used to ply TheologyWeb under “stevencarrwork” but seems to have slinked off into the void now.

One thing he definitely needs is an audience who doesn’t know his record.

Link: See section, “Pliny -- Not Too Bright?”

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