"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."
March 23, 2010
I, as an atheist, am in no position to say who is or who is not a Christian. However, as long as Christians claim the Bible as a source then the Bible is in the perfect position to decide.
You can call yourself whatever you want, but that doesn't make it opinion or perception based. If you call yourself a Christian and have a vastly different view of reality than the Bible has, you're not a Christian in any significant way. As though I called myself a Doctor but I have a degree in Chiropractic medicine! Basically, what I'm saying is "I like the label, but not the standards that apply to it." But if I want to choose a title, the standards that apply to that title are not optional!
"Just because you have developed some new liberal theology that doesn't put you in the same box as your ignorant older brother [Catholics, etc.] doesn't mean that you have the position [definition of Christianity] that anyone needs to defend against. You are in the 'unorthodox'... and no one is talking about you!"
-Matt Dillahunty, "Non-Prophets" Episode 9.3, Feb 13th 2010
I think what's important about Mr.Dillahunty's quote is that it ultimately means...
"Just because you have a new version of an old established concept does not mean anyone needs to address it. Your view is not only unorthodox, but unfounded and meaningless."
I will debate people based on their liberal/moderate view of religion only for the sake of the argument. But ultimately it's too easy to point out the inconsistencies between their personal beliefs and that of the book they revere.
Sam Harris on Moderate and Liberal Theology, why atheists are accused of not addressing new ideals of old ideologies...
Author: SgtHaile at 11:42 PM