Apparently, Only Atheists Can Argue Theology

Awhile ago I saw a post over at Daniel Florien’s Unreasonable Faith that caught my eye.  Daniel was responding to a video of a creation vs. evolution discussion when he made a few interesting comments.

Apparently the proponent of creation admitted to having presupposed beliefs (presuppositions).  These beliefs are admittedly unscientific.  This is how Daniel summarizes his presuppositions:

(1) God exists, (2) that this God is the Christian God, (3) that this God wrote a book, and (4) that book is the Protestant Bible as we have it today.

Whatever discrepancies we can find in Daniel’s summary we’ll ignore because they are besides the point.  The point is Daniel’s reaction to these presuppositions.

Nothing big there — just everyday presuppositions that we all have. Completely rational starting points of a scientific worldview. Ugh.

I believe some explanation may be due here.  What Daniel is saying that the Christian presuppositions are not conducive to a scientific worldview, therefore they are invalid.  A scientific worldview, the worldview that Daniel holds to, is superior because it is scientific and the Christian worldview is inferior because it is not based upon science.  Would we all agree that this is Daniel’s position?

In fact, it would be more accurate to say that the Christian argument is a theological one.  That is, the Christian presuppositions are about what God would do and did do (created the world, wrote a book).  That’s what makes a belief in the Bible unscientific, because it’s about what God did, which, although it may be observable, is unrepeatable by science. 

Negative Theology

To the atheist, the fact that Christians make theological arguments at all disqualifies them from any rational discussion.  After all, the only thing that can be verified is science, right?

Unfortunately, at the end of his article, Daniel inadvertently gives the atheistic “Secrets to Denying God” away.

Just after he finishes chastising the Christian for making a theological argument, Daniel says:

I thought Peter Atkins makes a great point that if evolution is true and God exists, he chose a “particularly nasty” way of going about creating the world.

Oh the hypocrisy!  That God created the world in a “nasty” way is a theological argument as well!  It’s just a negative one.   In fact, the belief that Daniel is displaying is that “If God created the world, then He did a nasty job of it, therefore it’s unlikely that God created the world”.  That’s the definition of negative theology!

But does Daniel chastise Peter Atkins for making a theological argument just as the Christian did?  Of course not. 

Is Atkins theological argument rejected because it is unscientific, just as the Christians’ theological arguments are?  Of course not.

To science, what’s the difference between Atkin’s theological position, and the Christian one?  None except that Daniel agrees with Atkins.

It’s a perfect tactic.  It allows the atheist to make all the negative theological arguments they want, while rejecting any Christian rebuttal on the basis it is “unscientific”, denying the whole time that their original argument was unscientific theology as well.

Apparently, only atheists can make theological arguments.

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6 Comments on “Apparently, Only Atheists Can Argue Theology”

  1. reformedsteve Says:

    Well said. The circular on Daniel’s blog is outstanding at times. God doesn’t exist therefore their is no evidence of God. Oh how the wisdom of God is but foolishness to the deceived.

    Sola Scriptura,
    Reformedsteve

  2. Eric Kemp Says:

    Thanks for the comment Steve. The most amazing thing is how blind Daniel is to it.

  3. reformedsteve Says:

    Yeah, I commented on Daniel’s blog a few times. He was talking about some Senator that said atheisism is destructive. Needless to say without the grace of God Daniel will never get it. But the same can be said about me. Praise God for his mercies!

    Grace and Peace,
    Reformedsteve

  4. krissmith777 Says:

    This guy makes me reconsider my renaming my blog. — I guess I sould have nemes it “Unreasonable Atheism” instead of Debuncking Atheism.

  5. Eric Kemp Says:

    Kris

    Ooooo…”Unreasonable Atheism”, I like it

  6. krissmith777 Says:

    Or better yet: “Illogical Ahtheism” 😛


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