Why My Focus is On Debunking Evangelical Christianity

A recent Barna Poll shows that Most Americans Take Well-Known Bible Stories at Face Value. That is one reason I focus on that which I do...

According to Barna, two-thirds of American adults take well-known Bible stories at face value. That's a lot of people; 200 million of them! So I take aim at a very large audience, including evangelicals, mainline Protestants, AND Catholics who believe the Bible.

Former Blog member Caleb Wimble described why we at DC have chosen to debunk evangelical Christianity in these words:

Not only is fundamentalist Christianity the greatest threat in the United States to science, tolerance, and social progress, but it is also the most prevalent form of Protestant Christianity to be found in our nation, whether you like it or not. It is the fundamentalist religious right that holds the reigns of the Republican party (which currently controls the nation, in case you didn't realize), and it is this same fundamentalist religious right that lobbies for the teaching of lies in public school and fights against funding for embryonic research that could potentially save the lives of millions.

Whether you like it or not, it is this flavor of Christianity that makes the loudest, most obnoxious, most dangerous impact on the world today, giving us plenty of good reason to direct the brunt of our attacks in its vicinity.

Maybe others will share why they think evangelical Christianity is a bigger threat. But at bottom it's precisely because they are fundamentalists!

I can, and I do argue against mainline and even Catholic Christianity. It's just not my focus. My focus is on fundamentalism because the majority of Christians believe the "literal" passages in the Bible, and because they have a zeal for pressing their views upon me through economic and political power. Liberals are not that much of a threat, period. They do not blindly accept what they read in the Bible, and that's being more reasonable than fundamentalists, who have a Bible verse for every problem, intellectual or social. I can agree with liberals on this, so why bother with them?

My goal is to dislodge the evangelical Christian off of center. That's the hard part. That's the challenging part. I like a big challenge. Once they are knocked off center they will be less cocksure and less of a threat to my personal liberties. They will begin to think for themselves without blindly accepting what they read in the Bible.

I can argue against liberal theological views! I was once a liberal Christian on my way to atheism. Is that too hard for people to understand?

4 comments:

John W. Loftus said...

Actually 2/3rds of American "adults" don't equal 200 million human beings, since children weren't surveyed, but since these adults bring their children up to believe these Bible stories, my estimate stands. 200 million people!

Jason said...

"...and because they have a zeal for pressing their views upon me through economic and political power."

So if you don't buy into the Trinity, you'll end up homeless and unemployed...?

Jacob said...

So you're debunking evangelical christianity because it takes biblical studies at face value, polical reasons, the influence of christianity, stem cell research, fundamentalism, and because they're a threat to your personal liberties? That's rediculous. Christianity is about Jesus saving us from our sins and all that's being evaluated here is the effects that its had on politics.

First of all, Christians I know aren't blindly accepting what they read in the bible. If it's believing in what you can't see (faith) that's the issue, then you have no claim. I could say the same thing about a history text book at a high school. I'm blindly accepting it because I never saw history happen. Well just because the Bible is an older History book, doesn't mean it's less credible. And christians do think for themselves, they're not just blind bats. Don't you think it takes intelligence to give up your live for a cause? Or is selfishness the only motivation in America.
Secondly, you're saying that christianity is impacting the world in a way you don't like through the republican party. Well why don't you just debunk every group that has an "impact" on the world that you don't like.Why don't you debunk Communism in China? You want to attack Christianity because it presses it's views on you. So does every other group in the world, and so does the media, your peers, and everything else you come into contact with. Last time I checked Jesus didn't come to be a political leader. He came to save the world.
Thirdly, you're talking about christianity as the driving force behind anti-stem cell research, taht could save millions of lives. What about all the babies that are being aborted? That's millions of lives. And anyway stem cell research has gotten no where so far. But it might in the future. Regardless that is no reason to debunk christianity, just because one of your views is different from one that is from the "republicans" that are driven by "christians." And so christians must be at fault? You'll find atheists that are against embryonic research as well.
Your personal liberties? Is that your problem with christianity? You're such free thinkers yet you don't even understand paradigms outside your own.

I read in your FAQ's about how one of you was once a christian and then you deconverted. When talking about your christian walk though, i didn't see one thing about love or About understanding Jesus's gift of mercy to you and that you want to lose your life to take up your own cross. I'm sorry if any of the things I've written are offensive, but Christianity is so much more then reading your bible, going to church, and going through the motions. It's about a personal relationsip with Jesus where he is your king and you follow him with your life.

Rick said...

So, John, I conclude from your post that this blog is not about Christianity, freedom, faith, or reason; it's about power. The law has always had a moral basis, the only question is "whose morals?" You would like that to be _your_ morals. Well, every political debate is pretty much the same thing, and at least we know what you're about!

BTW, we "fundies" have long known that "liberal" Christianity is indeed the first step towards apostasy, so we oppose that too! :-) As I see it, if you can't believe every Word of God, how do you tell at what point He starts telling the truth? Nope, you have to take _every_ word. Sound like my Achilles heel? Then we should have fun in posts down the road.