Superstitious theology is not the root of all evil, but it lies behind a lot of things, from the merely foolish to the downright horrific, that we could just as well do without. My purpose is twofold. First, I want to confront superstitious theology and show clearly and unmistakably where it conflicts with reality. Secondly, and more importantly, I want to study the techniques we use to expose superstition as a fraud and a fallacy. Knowing the right answers is not enough; we must also be able to communicate these answers effectively.

I don’t expect to convert the superstitious (though that would be a welcome side-effect!). My goal is to confront the superstitious with the real world, often enough and convincingly enough that it takes all the fun out of defending superstition. If we can do this, and be visibly successful at it, we will have done much to undermine the influence of superstition in our society and culture.

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