In a recent thread about the census mentioned in the biblical book of Luke, johnnygeneric brings up some fairy decent points, but when I attempt to question the validity of some of his sources, he fires back :
And later, when I attempt to rebut him, he comes back with :
Sir … it is always best if you know the background of people you are trying to win over to your side. You’ve given yours here :
You should know this about someone you accuse of “not even giving one inch to a valid claim made by Christianity.” I was a Christian for over 35 years. I was brough up in a conservative, fundamentalist, Southern Baptist family. I taught Sunday School. As a member of Greenmeadow Baptist Church, I ran one of the best local Christian research libraries. I’ve read Ankerberg, Geisler, Walter Martin, Josh McDowell and any number of Christian apologists that you can name. In other words, I have examined every single claim that Christianity has made. In depth. Ramsey be dammed, but for every “name” that you can throw up that examined the evidence and became a Christian, I’m sure I can find just as many that examined it (myself included) and rejected some of it’s more inane historical notions.
I’m sure the only option you see is that anyone who looks at the same “evidence” as you will come to the same conclusions. But the only thing you are bringing to the table are quotes from sources that I truly suspect you don’t completely understand.
Having been indoctrinated over a lifetime I still have quite a bit of Christian goodwill still loitering in my loins, however your final “rebuttal” to someone questioning the validity of your sources :
has caused me to decide the following:
You, sir, are an ass. Normally here at The straight Dope that would be enough for anyone to find a little amusement in, but you are not even an especially entertaining ass. Go away.