This gem appears at their website: Does Spider-Man Really Exist?, written by Bodie Hodge, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University. Instead of pursuing an engineering career, he’s a speaker, writer, and researcher for AIG. Not only that, but ol’ Hambo has said, here that Bodie is his son-in-law. Powerful credentials indeed! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Have you ever seen this “existence of God vs. existence of Spider-Man” image floating around on blogs and the internet?
We’ve never seen that image before, and we won’t copy it because we don’t know who owns it. There’s not much to see. It’s a picture of the bible, captioned: “Proof that God exists,” and a picture of a Spider-Man comic book, captioned: “Proof that Spiderman exists.” It’s cute, but crude. Perhaps it’s someone’s response to what ol’ Hambo said during his debate with Bill Nye. When the subject of evidence for creationism was raised, Hambo said: “I have a book!”
Bodie doesn’t discuss Hambo’s claim. He’s fixated only on the Spider-Man analogy. He says:
The atheist looks at this and says, “Ha! There is no God, otherwise you Christians must admit Spider-Man exists (which is clearly ludicrous) because of this ‘equal and opposite’ book that has Spider-Man in it!” But is this really a good argument?
No one is crazy enough to make such an argument, but Bodie wants his drooling readers to think it’s a common tactic. Here’s how he deals with it:
Often a Christian will look at this and laugh for an entirely different reason: this analogy is a poor one. It is like two people arguing over which of the cars below would win a race, thinking they are evenly matched:
Then there’s another pic we won’t copy. It’s two identical cars, one painted a simple blue, labeled “Biblical worldview,” and the other jazzed up with a painted flame job, labeled “Secular worldview.” Regarding this, Bodie says:
But when we open up the hoods of both cars we find that one works to explain the world and one doesn’t.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In the next pic, under the hood of the biblical worldview car is what seems to be an automobile engine, but under the hood of the secular worldview car there’s just some garbage, including a tin can and a banana peal. This is quite an argument! As if more were needed, Bodie continues to make his point:
When you open up the Spider-Man comic it simply doesn’t explain the world. It is not even in a position to do so. It is full of contradictions both internally and with reality (e.g., that mutations will make you better and certain spider bites can give you superpowers). Spider-Man is about as believable as a real-life event as the evolutionary story.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Bodie has even more to say:
The Spider-Man comic was not given by an inerrant Spider-Man who influenced author Stan Lee to write the “inspired” text of the Spider-Man comic which was to be held without error. This causes great problems for things like epistemology (i.e., the theory of knowledge). Spider-Man cannot explain origins or why mankind is in a position to be able to think logically, do science, or have a consistent morality.
Yes, Spider-Man fails all over the place — unlike the bible. Bodie continues:
When it comes down to it, this image is merely a false analogy, a logical fallacy that tries to equate a Spider-Man comic with the Bible. The Bible is epistemologically correct, explains why science is possible, gives a consistent basis for morality, logic, and truth, and is without contradictions both internally and with reality. The image attempts both to demote the Bible which is from God to merely the status of any humanly authored book elevate man’s word to be equal with God’s Word.
Do AIG’s drooling readers understand it yet? In case they don’t, Bodie explains evens more:
In other words, they are erroneously asking you to trust that man is equal to God to make the analogy work. I don’t have that kind of blind faith in man and his arbitrary opinions to put him on par with God. I find it laughable that people actually think this is a good argument against the God of the Bible.
If you were planning to use the Spider-Man analogy, be advised that Bodie finds it laughable. Then he babbles on for a few more paragraphs, and finishes with this:
You cannot escape death and you cannot hide from God and you will give an account for everything, especially your sin. God will judge you righteously. He already knows all that you’ve done. Why not ask for forgiveness now before it is too late?
Your Curmudgeon finds himself in a strange position. We agree with Bodie — to the extent that offering a Spider-Man comic as a rebuttal to the bible is a goofy thing to do. But we doubt that anyone has ever seriously done that. Does Bodie think it’s a genuine challenge to ol’ Hambo’s theology? Who knows? Maybe he does. All we know is that he took the time to rebut it. He has used his formidable intellect to defeat what may be the ultimate straw-man.
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