[Updated to slightly simplify the part about the “significant evidence” against Santa.]
I was pleased to see that my post yesterday seems to have attracted the attention of The Fiddler and encouraged him to respond. Discussions are (or should be) so much more informative than monologues because the reader gets to see how the opposing views address each other, so this is a good thing. The Fiddler starts off with both praise for my post (thanks!) and a modest demurral.
First, I’m no apologist and my humble ramblings on this blog hardly represent the “current state of Christian apologetics”. There are scores of apologists far more capable than I to deal with questions that plague non believers.
Just a couple quibbles. First of all, the questions that the apologists deal with are not those that plague non-believers. Christian apologists write for believers, and address problems that believers have recognized as needing some attention. Secondly, while it may be true that “The God Fearin’ Forum” is not generally held to be a leading source of state-of-the-art Christian apologetics, it has been my experience that there are two kinds of apologetics, the theoretical kind you find in books on apologetics, and the practical kind that makes its way through the greater part of ordinary Christians. I think it’s important to address The Fiddler’s apologetics precisely because it is so typical of the latter rather than the former. The professional apologists may look good on paper, but it is of greater importance to deal with apologetics as it actually lives and breathes “in the wild,” as it were.
The Fiddler, having paid his compliments and offered his disclaimers, moves quickly to set the tone for the rest of his rebuttal. Read the rest of this entry »