…albeit in just one sentence.
My review of Ray Comfort’s mind-bogglingly bad “Evolution vs. God” has been garnering a bit of buzz around the ol’ Interwebs the past few days, surely thanks in no small part to Hemant Mehta’s featuring of the piece on his Friendly Atheist blog yesterday. Banana Ray’s usual critics have been blasting his latest project for weeks now, but the idea that a Christian like me would find “EvG” just as nauseating as the average atheist appears to have pleasantly surprised a few people.
But that’s really small potatoes, of course. The big news here is that I managed to catch the attention of the great man himself, who saw fit to demolish my humble efforts in a single, powerful sentence on Facebook. First, let me set the scene for you, then you’ll get the screenshot.
It began when one of GOE’s covert operatives (I don’t know the gentleman personally, but apparently he’s a fan) posted a link to the aforementioned review. He also mentioned that I’m an evangelical Christian, like Comfort, and asked if he’d care to respond. And I can’t tell you how honored I am to report that the answer was a resounding “yes.” Here’s what Ray Ray had to say:
As you can see, this argument is so good that it is going to take more than my usual snarky green text to refute. It’s so good, in fact, that it begs to be repeated: “A Christian who believes in evolution is like an atheist who believes in God.” Never mind that the likes of C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham and B.B. Warfield were also cool with evolution. They probably weren’t True Christians™ either.
Because, as the Bible says, we shall know the True Christians™ by their fruits: which, obviously, means by their willingness to toe the party line and support anything done by a fellow evangelical, even if it’s poorly made and attempts to bizarrely contort the gospel message into a scientific question.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and eschew evolution, and you will be saved — you and your household. Because, let’s be honest, if you believe in evolution, you aren’t really saved.”
But RayCo is not unique in his response to my review. I’ve been getting quite a bit of the same sentiment from other Christians. Believe it or not, there’s a name for exactly this type of argument; it’s called the “no true Scotsman” fallacy. You can click over to Wikipedia if you’re interested in the origins of the term, but basically, it means that they don’t like what I’m saying, so — rather than responding to any of my points — they try to cast me as an outsider. Because, if I’m “not a True Christian™,” then my opinion on the matter is irrelevant, right? If I’m really an atheist in disguise, then of course I’m not going to like the movie!
It’s hard to argue with such logic. Really, it is (you know, because it’s so illogical). So I’m not going to try. I’ll simply express that if any of my brothers or sisters in Christ are interested in actually trying to address the arguments in my critique, I’m all ears. I don’t really expect anyone to take me up on the offer — since it basically means defending the idea that selectively editing scientists to make them look stupid and using the “Jesus of the gaps” argument are great ways to evangelize — but I’ll listen to anyone who does.
After all, that’s what any real Christian would do.