Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Truth

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip is actually a recycled strip from 2007, which shows you how long it’s been published. It’s called “share2”.  It’s pretty self-explanatory (see John Loftus’s The Outsider Test for Faith for further discussion). I love to ask theists, though, how they know their religion is the “right” one and all the others are wrong. The most Sophisticated Theologians™ will say that yes, every good person can be saved, but you don’t hear that often. Instead, you hear a bunch of funny gobbledygook.

2016-12-28

10 Comments

  1. GBJames
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    sub

  2. Sastra
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    This argument works well for those who combine a strong belief in a detailed religion with a theology which doesn’t have a deceptive devil in it. For those theists who think all religions are “true” — either the details don’t matter or Satan does the magic part — it applies less. Both groups accept that the evidence supporting other religions is real, or real enough.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      I suppose, but there’s no evidence that Satan actually exists. Checkmate!

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Loftus also tells us the reasons why the Philosophy of Religion (PoR) must end. Fails “To tell the truth about the lack of epistemic status of faith. Faith has no intellectual merit. It is not a virtue. It has no method. It solves no problems. It is not worthy of thinking people.”

    • darrelle
      Posted December 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      That gets right to the core of the matter.

  4. Michael
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    The real hardcore fundamentalists are convinced not only that there are mountains of evidence that “prove” their particular take is the true version (they will cite prophesy and miraculous anecdotes of course), but also that science again and again backs up their claims with archaeological finds of lost cities and people (like King David for example) that many thought never existed and then they find evidence.

    They seem to also be convinced that there are mountains of evidence against evolution. Recently, I was having a conversation with one that claimed that scientists find fossils in the wrong layer all the time for example, and that the mainstream atheist scientist just blacklist them, basically like a conspiracy. They will call these “anomalies” or try to discredit them because it doesn’t fit into their evil atheist worldview, and that is why they can’t get peer reviewed in journals.

    It’s remarkable how much they resort to confirmation bias, and how little they seem to have the ability to decipher between real science and pseudo science. I don’t even think they’re always being disingenuous either, I think they really believe this conspiracy theory stuff, almost to a point of paranoia (not unlike their persecution complex that the world is trying to stop them from saying Merry Christmas).

    So those are the types of responses I’ll get when I ask how they know that their version is true.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Seems like a mindless strategy for the fundamentalists to go on the attack against science as their way to salvation as it were. They always come off as such goof-balls when attempting this direction. The thinking has to be something like – I know lots of things about religion so instead of sticking with that argument, lets get after science. So sad.

  5. JohnJay
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of this quote:

    “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” – Mark Twain

    • Mike
      Posted December 29, 2016 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      love it.

  6. Posted December 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    And then there’s my favorite quote:

    “It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.” –Bertrand Russell


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