This will be my REALLY lazy post of the day.
I’ve started several entries talking about John Loftus over at “Debunking Christianity” blog. An entry today asks: If God Knows How to Get My Attention Why Doesn’t He Do So?.
In it, he discusses a recent interaction with a “bible-thumping Christian.” The post stands out, but a lot of Loftus’ do. I haven’t looked further into his claims that a religion professor at some college uses his book as a textbook. But if it’s true, it’s kind of cool.
In the post, he says this about his conversation with said bible thumper:
“Don’t quote the Bible to me. Just think about what you’re saying. Does the Holy Spirit know how to get my attention?” He said that “it depended on whether I reject the Spirit or not.” “But even if I rejected it can the Holy Spirit get my attention anyway, like what supposedly happened to Paul who was so hard-hearted that he was even persecuting Christians? Can he get my attention like his supposedly got Moses’ attention with a burning bush? Can he get my attention like he did with Gideon, or many others?” Joe had to admit that I was right, “yes he knows how to get your attention.” Then I simply asked him: “If God knows how to get my attention why doesn’t he do so? It’s not that I don’t want to believe. I am open to the evidence just like I’m open to the evidence that there is a tunnel in the town of Orland. It’s just that I cannot believe. I really can’t. It not only doesn’t make sense, there isn’t enough evidence to believe these ancient stories.”
I have a lot of thoughts about this, but I thought I would post first and respond later.