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Monday, November 15, 2004 

Jesus, Friend of Fools?

It doesn't take much channel-surfing or magazine-thumbing these days to find some left-winger or atheist proclaiming the stupidity of Christianity. I mentioned in my very first blog the episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher" in which Maher himself staged a frontal assault on Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians and their role in politics, only to be rebuked by a conservative homosexual blogger who rightly linked Maher's attitude with that of the Democratic party. On the October 21, 2004 edition of "Scarborough Country" on MSNBC, Janeane Garofalo made this equally horrific observation regarding Christians:
And I think it's absurd we are even discussing [the idea that Christ will return to earth in the end of time]. We might as well call the new right wing the Flat Earth Society. I think it is absurd in the year 2004 that we are talking about the end times. We are talking about a president who said the jury is still out on evolution.
And I could go on and on with example after example of the attitude of many liberals in this country concerning Christianity. On the program mentioned above Garofalo used the words "anti-intellectual" and "pre-modern" to describe any set of religious beliefs that claimed to be absolute truth. So it seems that what you have here is a school-yard type fight in which one side in sing-song fashion yells out, "I am smarter than you-oo, I am smarter than you-oo, I am smarter than you-oo," as though that really solves anything. And not only that, but also a fallacious argument that says, "It is absolutely absurd to claim absolute truth, unless of course, you are talking about evolution, in which case, one would be absolutely absurd to not claim it as being absolutely true."

It seems that what these people are doing is saying that it is unreasonable to challenge their beliefs and thus dismissing any arguments which would show evolution to be suspect, while at the same time claiming that it is unreasonable for any person to not accept challenges to that person's religious views. It is all very confusing, which is exactly why conservative Christians are not stupid. They are not fooled by all the double-talk. They realize that postmodern thought can not pass the test of either comprehensiveness or consistency. As Dr. Robert Stewart used to say, "No one wants a postmodern banker," for a postmodern banker would not believe in an absolute set of monetary rules or even in an absolute standard of multiplication and division. There is no telling what would end up happening with your money! This is the same thing that is happening with the so called "liberal elite" who claim to be the intellectuals of this country -- they cannot live out their system; so they go around picking apart everyone else's to prove that no one's works perfectly, all the while being blind to the fact that theirs doesn't either.

I hope you are following me so far. I know that I am not the best at explaining this sort of philosophical mumbo-jumbo. But at the very least I hope you can get the fact that it is wrong for liberals and any others to claim that the other side is stupid and therefore should be ignored. Christians, in fact, have throughout history tended to be revered as some of the most intelligent men and women on the earth. Examples would include St. Paul, who argued his case at Mars Hill; Athanasius, who almost single-handedly won over the support of thousands of Arians with his defense of Trinitarianism; Justin Martyr, Aristides, and Theophilus, three apologists who wrote major works in the first century A.D. which convinced hundreds, if not thousands, to leave polytheistic beliefs and embrace Christianity; St. Augustine, the author of The City of God and one of the greatest theologians of the church; Thomas Aquinas, author of the Summa Theologica and one of the first philosophers to offer "proofs" for the existence of God; William of Occam, famous for his "Razor" argument; Sir Isaac Newton, a.k.a. Mr. Gravity; Martin Luther, John Knox, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Owen, all brilliant theologians and Reformers; and modern day men such as Carl F. H. Henry, Francis Schaeffer, William Dembski, and Charles Colson, who have led Christians today to think deeper and reason better than ever before.

In the end Christians will be shown to be wise and those who reject Christ will be shown to be foolish. We shouldn't worry when we are called "stupid" by worldly men and women; but sometimes we need to remind ourselves that standing on Biblical truth, which can be backed by solid logic is a part of historical Christianity of which we can be proud. So hold your heads up high, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and meet face to face the challenge of defending your faith, for you have Truth on your side!

Until Christ Shall Vindicate His People, May We Be Faithful Stewards of Truth,
D.R.

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Paul was not interested merely in the ethical principles of religion or of ethics. On the contrary, he was interested in the redeeming work of Christ and its effect upon us. His primary interest was in Christian doctrine, and Christian doctrine not merely in its presuppositions but at its centre. -- J. Greshem Machen.

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