Don't let the name fool you. He's a fundy through and through. However, I do like him. He has a sense of satire that can be humorous, though he goes overboard sometimes. (Don't we all.) He's actually the one who motivated me to open this blog. I've wanted to write my own blog for awhile, but was never motivated to until I wanted to comment on Ray's blog. He allows only blogger members to comment. Well, I really wanted to comment, so I opened a blogger account. Now I have my own blog. Thank you Ray!
On his blog, on the righthand panel, he has an essay called The Atheist Starter Kit. Here's his introduction.
If you are a beginner atheist, there's a belief system you should embrace and a language you should learn, or you will find yourself in trouble. Here are ten suggestions for the novice:
I'm going to go through each of the ten suggestions in order. Today we'll look at number one.
1. Whenever you are presented with credible evidence for God's existence, call it a "straw man argument," or "circular reasoning." If something is quoted from somewhere, label it "quote mining."
First, I have yet to be presented with credible evidence according to my standard of quality. I have been given genuine straw man arguments as proof of God. Usually, the christians will try to debunk evolution, thinking that belief in evolution is the reason for my atheism. It is not. Evolution is an easier idea to refute than the lack of evidence of God's existence and my mistrust of biblical scripture (the real reasons I'm an atheist). So, they attack something I know little about, instead of answering my questions about the bible.
Secondly, circular reasoning is abundant in christian theology. The thought behind bible inerrency is circular reasoning.
Anything the bible says is 100% true, because it says that everything it says is 100% true.I could write a book that says it's 100% true, but that doesn't mean that it is.
Thirdly, Ray himself is a great quote miner. He just recently wrote a post where he suggests that Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) may have recanted in his later years. He uses a quote from Twain to prove his statement. However, the evidence from most of Twain's writing suggests that Twain actually became more anti-religious as he got older.
To close, I'll say this. If you can give me some actual credible evidence for the existence of God, I wouldn't be calling it quote mining, circular reasoning, or strawmen. I'd call it credible evidence. Also, I wish proselytizers would just give me evidence instead of trying to argue. I've heard all the arguments. Just because you are the one arguing doesn't mean I'd believe you over that last guy that gave me that argument. Also, Ray is painting all atheists with the same brush. That's a silly thing to do, because unlike christians, atheists have no doctrinal statements to adhere to.