I honestly thought the “Snare for the proud” school of hand-waving highlighted in the last post was the most idiotic thing I had ever encountered — until I discovered THIS:
Various early church writers, such as Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyons; circa 120 CE to ?) Justin Martyr (Christian apologist; 100 to 165), Tertullian (Christian theologian; circa 160 to 220 +) concluded that the Pagan/Christian similarities were a Satanic attempt at “diabolical mimicry.” Satan was said to have use “plagiarism by anticipation.” That is, the Devil made a pre-emptive strike against the gospel stories centuries before Jesus was born. The reason was to confuse the public into thinking that Jesus was merely a copy of previous god-men. The goal was to demolish the credibility of Christianity in the people’s eyes.
Quite frankly, the two lines of “argument” go a long way toward explaining why Christianity has only ever managed to achieve mass-cultural dominance by means of brutality.
It is literally impossible to present a rational argument for (or against), under the following conditions:
- God deliberately corrupts the “Sacred” text (a morass of “seeming” contradictions/discrepancies/scribal errors), merely as a “test” for “Believers”, and/or a “Snare for the Proud”.
- He has also caused “Divinely inspired” forgers to insert entire blocks of “verses” — which were then blithely treated as the “Gospel truth” by subsequent copyists/printers/translation-teams, etc.
- He has also systematically faked things so that dinosaurs appear to have existed prior to 4004 BC. (“Young Earth” idiocy)
- Meanwhile, Satan preemptively attempted to discredit Christianity by creating entire “pagan” religions THOUSANDS OF YEARS before the (purported) events he was trying to “discredit”.
In other words: Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.
To be honest: no wonder so many simply dismiss Christianity outright: the fact that they do indicates nothing other than their admirable lack of stupidity and self-deception.
Are their BETTER people involved with Christianity? Of course. Theologians/apologists have invested centuries of effort into NOT creating a theology which requires the “Believer” to resort to drool-spattered idiocy like the above.