Agnostics, Cudgels, Muddled Thinking, and High Comedy

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Agnostics profess that they are uncertain concerning the existence of God. Unlike atheists, who do not believe in God, agnostics aren’t sure- they’re undecided. For the agnostic, the existence of God is an uncertainty.

Nonetheless, agnostics, especially the angry agnostics (who like the angry atheists are on a crusade to denigrate faith and believers) often utilize a curious strategy in the pursuit of their demeaning goals: God as cudgel.

Their argument runs like this: God (whom, curiously, they are uncertain even exists) did some questionable stuff (so far as they are concerned, being, as they are, the arbiters of all that is good, right and moral throughout time and eternity) in Old Testament times like order the slaughter of the Canaanites and allow slavery and such HORRIBLE things as that. This God, which they deem so awful, is turned into a cudgel. ‘Oh your God is just awful isn’t he! Aren’t I impressive to point it out to you that he did some stuff a long time ago that’s just really wretched! Bow before my superior wisdom and abandon this God just as I have done!!’

But of course if they had more than a little skill and weren’t beset by seriously muddled thinking they would realize how idiotic their argument is. Using something you don’t think exists as a weapon is muddledness incarnate. It’s like saying ‘I don’t think this fairy dust exists but I’m going to blow it in your face and change you into a chicken anyway. Aren’t you impressed?’ Even more, it’s like a child playing with his friends who pretend to shoot each other with unreal weapons and then getting angry when little Bobby doesn’t fall down and play dead.

Here’s the problem with God as cudgel in the hand of the angry agnostic: from THEIR OWN perspective, there’s nothing in their hand- and yet they pretend to flail away and they think people are cowed into being impressed.

That’s High Comedy. No one is impressed by people who pretend that something they don’t think exists is a weapon. They aren’t impressive, they’re laughable.

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4 thoughts on “Agnostics, Cudgels, Muddled Thinking, and High Comedy

  1. Deane 18 Apr 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Jim, your post is what is muddled here. I mean, really?

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    • Jim 18 Apr 2013 at 5:54 pm

      it’s clear as a bell

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      • Deane 18 Apr 2013 at 8:15 pm

        Surely you must be joking. Have you ever had occasion to award yourself a Dilly? Go on. It will confound your “demons”.

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  2. Jim 18 Apr 2013 at 8:16 pm

    nope- still as clear as it was. a little surprised you cant follow it

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