There are atheist nutballs out there. Generally they’re perfectly nice people, but they simply have bizarre goings-on between their ears.
Sometimes you find one who just takes himself way too seriously, and has worked out an entire elaborate intellectual superstructure around his atheism. He makes it all look ever so erudite, and researched, and knowledgeable, a bit like the vast trove of “science” in support of a flat earth some several centuries ago.
Here’s one of them.
The guy’s not an idiot, but he is a pompous, would-be know-it-all, with a bad case of the worst thing a would-be intellectual can have: a case of the intellectual blinkers.
Sometimes, these odd birds produce posts that are unintentionally hilarious. Here’s one. In the original post, the author, one John Zande, hoped to heap ridicule on Christianity by demonstrating how a Bible passage just proves the ridiculousness of Christianity.
Here’s the passage in question:
Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.
Zande put a picture of a zebra next to that text, with the caption: “And that’s exactly how it happened.”
Now, I can’t tell you exactly how zebras and other animals got their distinctive markings, but I can tell you that a Christian has no problem at all with the idea that a Creator of a universe containing septillions of cubic parsecs, with an estimated ten trillion galaxies, each holding 100 billion stars (meaning: very approximately, a total of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars), each one an average of about 1.409 x 1018 cubic kilometers in size, just might be able to pull off a parlor trick that might determine how a few thousand creatures (at the time) got their markings.
Zande can’t see it though.
I directed you to that post for a reason. One commenter, a certain “LISTENER87” begins the comments section innocently enough by appearing to agree with the imagination-challenged Zande. She proclaims the post “completely fascinating,” and suggests that it implies that one “should read the entire chapter in context.”
Zande, apparently unaware that he’s being reeled in, simply agrees with, “Indeed. Who would have thought.”
Then, the commenter, in the very next post, throws a serious curve-ball, proving that Zande had actually not read the chapter in context. It’s got nothing at all to do with zebras, she says, it’s all about sheeps and goats. She suggests that Zande “try again.”
Zande’s confused. He quizzes the one he thought was his new-found friend, but who now seems to have gone completely off the rails, and exposed him, Zande, for not actually knowing what he’s talking about.
Now, though, Zande’s on the hook. He’s already publicly treated LISTENER87 as a serious commenter and he can’t really take that back, so he has to deal with her. LISTENER87 turns out to be an even odder bird than Zande, which is going quite a way! The exchange is hilarious and every bit worth the read. I’ve reproduced it below for your entertainment. I’ve added some inline commentary [in square brackets and red font, as is my wont].
Here’s the exchange in question:
Here’s some pretty good evidence to suggest that Chesterton’s pithy phrase — was correct: “A man who doesn’t believe in God will believe in anything. “(1)
Certainly, John Zande and his commenters will believe in anything. He’s shown it in that unintentionally hilarious post, and in the comments section.
(1) – A paraphrase of the original: “When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything.” As we’ve said before, athesim is nothing more than another faith. In fact, with all the evidence around contradicting it, atheism is one of the most powerful of faiths!