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Rebuttal to AKA Winston's "The Simple Explanation That Resolves Christian Paradoxes"
Link to AKA Winston's Hub is...
Winston was not his usual caustic self and that was refreshing.
Among other statements in his opening was a really fair disclaimer and it too was very refreshing, but unfortunately not repeated nor applied to himself...
- "The trouble that all Christian philosophers fall prey to is the same condition that affects us all, a totally human psychological process: confirmation bias." -
He then goes on to the first sentence of the next paragraph and make this blanket assertion...
- "Christians do not believe in Jesus or God because of successful philosophical arguments." -
The before and after of Winston's diatribe that surround his "fair disclaimer", takes as his examples some of the worst (laying aside bigotry) of Christian attributes, making them a catch-all and lumping all together.
He then goes on to cite his 3 paradoxes, these of course "fall prey" to his common malady, maybe in reverse, but they never the less succumb. I will provide my concise answer to each in turn.
1) - "The answer is as simple as it is concise - bad things happen to good people because bad things happen to everyone in equal proportions. The best explanation for why this is so is equally simple: there is no God." -
Bad things do happen to all people equally... yes, they do.
We live in a fallen world where man has insisted that he will be his own god. This has resulted in man exercising the power of life and death over his fellow man (murder) to prove his power. He does this as an atheist as well as in the capacity as a believer, commandeering religious expression for his own ends.
Through all the suffering however, the expressions of true faith, courageous postures of compassion and mercy have been glowing examples of Godly behavior... Christian or otherwise. (The Hiding Place eg. Shindler's List is another)
2) Objective miracles..?
Please... even were you provided one Winston, you would poo poo it. It then becomes an "objective miracle" by your definition of what is objective doesn't it..? Falling into the category of "confirmation bias".
Here is a link to a recent History Channel re-visitation of the Shroud of Turin where new evidence is provided (1st of 6 parts)...
The reason I bring this up is that it is scientific evidence of "someone" tortured to death but the cloth never showed signs of the body decaying in the shroud. Miracle..?
Then there are the disciples of Jesus who were all tortured, and all but one tortured to death, because they testified about the truth of the resurrection. Their last breath testimonies of this miracle would hold up in any court of law, but not in your court eh Winston..?
3) - "The last paradox we will examine is the bible itself. If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, why did he allow contraditions in holy written teachings?..." -
For me this is moot wranglings, the examples he cites for contradictions are not contradictions at all, it is further evidence of honest reporting(s). Somethings get left out of various accounts even among eye witnesses at a crime scene.
Conclusion to Winston's "Conclusion"...
If Winston were to step back and be "honest with" himself, he might see that the suffering of the world is brought on as a result of man being in charge of his own destiny... or being his own god.
The demand for this "power" was raised in the garden of Eden, which of course all non-theists and atheists relegate to myth or superstition, but of course to the Christian and Jewish believer, is the beginning of all man's inhumanity to man.
As a result we have the godly contrast of God expressing Himself through man's faith in God, and showcased through courageous behavior where men/women are willing to die for the compassion and cause of Christ, as probably the best example of self-sacrificing "faith(s)".
I did not, and would not post this on Winston's Hub, as he and I (I think) agreed long ago to not darken each others Hub thresholds with comments, ever again.