Right in time for Christmas, the American Humanist Association is working their biggest media campaign everywhere in the name of spreading their godless evangelistic message.
The purpose of the ads, according to a press release, is to show “that secular humanist values are consistent with mainstream America and that fundamentalist religion has no right to claim the moral high ground.”
One massive problem off the bat with their contrasts is that Bible texts clearly have been taken out of context without any care for the context and real meaning of the text. Almost any written text can be excerpted to sound silly. Sadly this is what we see in political attacks ads all the time.
A chief practice of logic is to be fair, exact, and understand a system as a whole and not a farce of it. This is attacking straw men. It’s clear the people behind the campaign have judged the texts before really truly examining them. In their quest to show the inconsistency, bigotry and silliness of the religious, they prove their own prejudice against religion while not giving a rational rejection of it.
Also, I am not sure how humanists ground objective morals to begin with. According to the humanists, if I understand their beliefs correctly, is that morality just sort of popped into existence ex nihilo, they are merely brute facts of existence. But what is the evidence? Doesn’t a theistic framework offer a better explanation? But I’ll save the moral argument for God’s existence for another time. Let me take a look at how silly this particular attack ad is.
Are Christians asked to leave their brains out at the church door, like Proverbs 3:5 seemingly suggests? What does the rest of scripture have to say about this? Is Christianity uninterested in presenting evidence and logic, like Richard Dawkins suggests?
- Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. – 1 Corinthians 14:20
- ..test everything; hold fast what is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21
- Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD – Isaiah 1:18
- Counsel and sound judgment are mine;I have understanding and power – Proverbs 8:14
- And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” – Acts 17:2-3
- In the beginning was the Word ( actual Greek = logos, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God – John 1:1. (The Greek word Logos is where we get our English word Logic)
- You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself – Luke 10:27
Some of the most brilliant minds of the past century have been Christians. To name just a few:
Arthur Compton, David Lack, Carlos Chagas Filho, Sir Robert Boyd, Stanley Jaki, John Polkinghorne, Michal Heller, Francis Collins and I could go into past centuries with Rene Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Leibniz, Isaac Newton, Lord Kelvin, Max Planck and so on.
There are direct, circumstantial reasons that one can use to build the case towards Christianity as the best possible answer for many of the questions people have today, such as the origin of the universe, the fine-tuning of our universe for intelligent life, objective moral values as well as aesthetic values, our own subjective, personal experience, etc. I would also dare say that one also can make a solid argument for the existence miracles and the resurrection of Jesus without asking their audience to turn off their mind.
Appealing to the emotions of the masses by attacking a straw-man Christianity seems pretty hypocritical for an organization claiming to appeal to logic and reason.