Refuting Atheist John Loftus – On the Historical Atrocities of Christianity.

I’m not necessarily reblogging this because I agree, but it does interact with a good question: If the Holy Spirit has been guiding Christians throughout history, why have there been atrocities and injustices committed by Christians? I particularly like the Wilberforce quote: ““[it is] the glory of Christianity, to extinguish the malignant passions; to curb the violence, to control the appetites, and to smooth the asperities of man; to make us compassionate and kind, and forgiving one to another; to make us good husbands, good fathers, good friends; and to render us active and useful in the discharge of the relative social and civil duties…[it is the] maintenance of that sobriety of spirit and tenderness of conscience, which are eminently characteristic of the true Christian.”

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See Part 12 – Atheist Fundamentalism & A Matter of History.

1. Loftus: “The history of the Christian Church undermines the veracity of Christianity. Consider the examples below.”

After writing this Loftus then goes on to mention some of the historical atrocities done in the name of Christianity by professing Christians such as the Crusades, the Inquisition, Witch Hunts, and slavery in the American south. However, like much else Loftus has written this is entirely irrelevant to a discussion on truth. How a worldview has been applied or abused by its followers says absolutely nothing about the truth claims of that worldview.

Let’s turn this challenge on its head for the moment. Atheism has perhaps been the worldview that has caused the most suffering in this world (1). It was the outpouring of atheistic worldview that Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot and hence forth that caused so much suffering. These…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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