Over the last 24 hours or so I composed a new vid for TektonTV (link below) in which I addressed a gross misrepresentation by an atheist who had attended my debate with Richard Carrier and recorded at least some part of it (including the Q and A session) on their iPhone. (Yes, this is another story of incompetents carrying around toys they use to the detriment of others – say hi to the Information Age again.)
I’ll let readers see the vid to get the full story, but here is what it boils down to. In the Q and A, it was noted that many Christians have doubts about the existence of God. I was asked if I had had that feeling before myself (note the critical word). I said no, because such things are not part of my personality makeup.
The atheist, however, made a very simple confusion between the feeling of doubt (an emotion) and intellectual doubting – subjective vs objective (and, a noun versus a verb) and reached the idiotic conclusion that I was saying that I never doubted anything intellectually. They followed this up with a couple of dumb questions like, “Shouldn’t you follow the evidence where it leads you?”
There’s more than one aspect to this display of monumental comprehension incompetence. For one, it seems hardly possible that any such person as this atheist was thinking I was saying I was could even exist, at least beyond the age of infancy (or, due to some mental illness). Who in the world never doubts anything (in intellectual terms)? That kind of doubt is so fundamental to daily life that such a person could never reach a basic level of functioning. They’d be just like an infant.
Second, all that night before the Q and A I had presenting a case for the textual reliability of the NT based on evidence. While one might expect that atheist to disagree with my handling of it, it should have been obvious that I was following a principle of “following the evidence where it leads you” and not engaging an “intellectually doubtless” paradigm at all.
The most gruesome aspect of this charade, however, is that by all appearances, this atheist started his YouTube channel for no other purpose than to publicize his misunderstanding. The debate over textual issues and all other questions were de-contexted from this one question and answer in order to publicize a single, unwarranted character smear which, even if accurate, would in no way have affected any argument made by me on any point. One can envision this pitifully shallow mind having gone away from the debate rejoicing over having captured what they perceived to be a “golden gotcha” quote (oblivious in their bliss of ignorance, of course) which held more value than any details over such matters as manuscripts, interpolations, or textual criticism.
It’s an insult not just to me, but also to Carrier, as well as the church staff, who worked as hard as they did in preparing for and presenting a debate on such a serious topic. We did all that just so you could engage this intellectual masturbatory fantasy, pal? Perish the thought.
One good thing did come of this, though. It gave me an idea for a new TektonTV concept package (the “Dumb Question of the Month”). Long after the Shallow One has passed on to his next fantasy – maybe he has in mind capturing William Lane Craig on tape picking his nose – I’ll still be producing that series.
In fact, maybe someday he can provide me with more material for it.
The Forge will be on hiatus until next Tuesday or Thursday while I attend the ISCA conference.