The things believers love to believe about unbelievers

Satyrus marinusYou see, if we don’t believe, it must be because we’re angry at God (we’re not: it doesn’t exist; we’re only angry at the people who are trying to impose arbitrary rules on us, on behalf of that imaginary entity). And the thing is, we’re not allowed to be angry. Because, of course, God is infinitely infinite, and we are worthless finite beings. So who are we to doubt His infallible plan that we cannot know?

So let’s summarize. An infinite magic man in the sky that only manifests itself in the heads of people who want you to take their word for it has a perfect plan that we cannot know but that is so perfect that its imperfections can only really be us being too dumb to understand how glorious it all is. And you are not allowed to doubt that. Just doubting this argument is proof that it’s true somehow. And that you’re arrogant. How convenient. How could this possibly go wrong?

Well, that’s not how this works. Here’s how it works in reality: believers make crazy claims about God, and we point and laugh. We don’t laugh at God, note, but at the claims and at those who hold them. That we’re allowed to do, right? No infinite, unknowable and untouchable being in the equation this time.

Tags: Religion

Mar 29 2012 10:10 PM