This is about an article with information you can really use, dear reader. It’s at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. The title is How Can I Answer Attacks on the Bible?
It was written by one of ICR’s creation scientists, Brian Thomas, about whom we’re told: “Dr. Thomas is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry from the University of Liverpool.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Some contend that science proves the Bible wrong. [Gasp!] They may ask how the Bible’s supposedly good God could allow so much pain and evil in the world. And who hasn’t heard that science has proved humans evolved over eons? [Yeah, we’ve heard that.] Does a Bible believer need a bunch of college degrees to answer these claims? Education helps, but even non-expert Christians can use one basic tactic to address such attacks.
Wowie! Even an uneducated drooler can deal with those attacks. Brian says:
Any Christian can ask thoughtful questions of the challengers. It demonstrates humility, and “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). It shows interest and care for the questioner. [Skipping some more bible quotes about being nice.]
What kind of questions should you ask? That depends on what you know and what the critics say in their critique. When we don’t know much about a subject [Hee hee!], we can always ask questions about the words the questioner uses. [Brilliant tactic!] Ask “what do you mean by God,” “what do you mean by evil,” or “what do you mean by science?”
We shall henceforth refer to that as the “Drooler’s tactic.” After that great advice, Brian tells us:
This can open a new chat. For example, if they describe God as a cosmic tyrant, then you can ask what Bible verses showed them He is a bad God. [There are none of those.] You could ask “why would a bad God sacrifice His own Son for sinners like me?” If they describe science as evolution over millions of years [a definition we all use], then you might try asking what scientific experiments demonstrate either evolution or millions of years.
Yeah, what experiment demonstrates millions of years? Brian continues:
The more you know, the more precise the questions you can ask. For example, I have learned that many who accuse God of evil have no logical support for a belief in right and wrong. [Groan!] Those who believe the whole world is made of nothing but atoms think of themselves as walking, talking bags of chemicals. [Right, and creationists are walking, talking sacks of … never mind.] Those who think like this have a hard time trying to explain how atoms can be good or bad.
How would you like to get into a debate with someone like Brian — or any creationist? Try not to think about it. Let’s read on:
Finally, I wouldn’t expect this question tactic to work well online — at least not past the first question. People don’t always act as civilized when facing a screen as when facing a face.
He’s right. We can ban an idiot and delete his comments, but that can’t be done in person. That’s why we always say Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism.
After skipping a bit, we come to the end:
Give your heart to Jesus, then go talk to folks. Ask them about their beliefs. If they challenge the Bible, you can always ask them what they mean or what led them to that conclusion. Your question may become their turning point.
A question like that should be your turning point, dear reader. You should turn around and get outta there!
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