Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Blasphemy Challenge: Atheists Pwned by upstart theologian!

I don't know if anyone reading this knows it, but on youtube.com, there's a thing going on called "the blashphemy challenge". Atheists are asked to submit videos in which they "blaspheme" the Holy Spirit. I've watched a number of these and they all get it wrong. They think that all they have to do is deny the Holy Spirit, Deny God and deny the Jesus is God. It's funny though, because in order to actually blaspheme the Holy Spirit they would have to attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil, which means they'd have to admit there is a God, which means they aren't really atheists in the first place.

But I digress.

This video, from a Christian, makes the best case against Atheism I've heard on Youtube yet. He's good, although I think he went to quickly past some complex ideas (in Mathematics we'd say, "he didn't show all his work").


Doug Powell said...

Hi Matthew

Thanks for the nice words! I admit to blasting through those arguments at near-auctioneer speed. I thought no one would ever make it to the end of the video if I "showed all my work." Tactical move, but you are quite right. I've been thinking of making 5 more videos that each cache out one of the arguments I made. Anyway, thanks again for the post.


Matthew said...

I'd support you in an endevour to make such videos. In fact, I'd consider linking to those videos sight unseen as part of the resources I'm setting up for our church website.

What amazes me is how atheists totally miss the point of your arguements. The "reasoning" they are using to invalidate the revealed of God of Christianity is grounded in a Christian worldview. What I think they need to do is go back and read Orwell's "1984" and pay attention to the concepts of language and conceptualization. They might gain an understanding of how they need to recognize the trap of arguing from a borrowed construct is a falacy in itself and then avoid it if they can.

Frankly, I don't think they can avoid it. Paul argues in Romans 1 and 2 that the revelation of God's attributes are inescapable, and that in order to argue that there is no God one has to have a god to argue against. Now, whether that 'god' is a concept (read:strawman) or the true revealed God doesn't matter. Ultimately an Atheist is wasting their time if all they are doing is refuting a strawman version of God.

Doug Powell said...

Time is tight these days for me, but I'll see what I can do about cranking out some videos.

Yes, most of the responses have demonstrated the people didn't understand the arugments. But some of them got it. However, they hated that there was no wiggle room to argue about facts, and nothing to say without proving my point. I think these transcendental arguments are the best way to take ALL thought captive to the Lordship of Christ.


the big test

Since someone, somewhere, has seen fit to deprive the world of Issues etc and take a huge bite out of confessional Lutheranism at the same time, I will not take up the mantle of working to see that those who did it answer for their actions.
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