The Power of the Delusion

I argue that the more often Christians are forced into arguing their faith is merely possible in the face of contrary evidence, rather than probable, then the less likely their faith is true. Every time they do this they are explaining the evidence away by admitting the evidence does not support what they believe. Probability is what matters.

When we take an inventory of the times Christians argue that the evidence supports their faith, and compare them to the times where they are forced into explaining the evidence away, we find something very interesting. Most of the evidence they claim supports their faith doesn’t actually support their particular faith. It is only consistent with their particular faith. The same evidence can be used by other believers to support their faiths too. And of the remaining so-called supportive evidence, at some point along the way Christians must play either the Faith Trump Card or use the Omniscience Escape Clause, or both. That’s all they’ve got when it comes to supporting their particular faith. The rest of what they do is to explain the contrary evidence away by claiming it's still possible to believe despite that evidence.

So in the end, Christians demand that I prove their faith is impossible before they will consider it to be improbable, since most of their arguments are possibility ones rather than probability ones. This demand of theirs allows them to believe in the midst of many powerful arguments to the contrary. But it's an utterly unreasonable demand. That's the power of their delusion.

Daylight Atheism did a parody of what I'm talking about ;-)