Romans 1:20

Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse;

Romans 1:20 (NRSV)

Of all the apologetics out there for Christianity, this is probably the least convincing arguments (a term I use very loosely in this context) I’ve ever come across. Popular with fundamentalists, and the staple for presuppositionalists, the idea is to use the Bible to “prove” to the non-believer that they simply deny what is already obvious to everyone else.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across some apologists, and would be apologists, who has tried to tell me that I’m not really an atheist, that I really do know that God exists, and that I’m just in denial. It’s frustrating to have some arrogant schmucktard try to tell me that they know what I believe better than I do. Here’s a little something for anybody who wants to shove Romans in my face: I don’t give a damn what Paul said, because you probably don’t know what I do, or do not, believe before I tell you. If your goal is honest conversation then why are you throwing out shit like this? You need to offer me some good reasons why I should care what’s written in Romans, because I probably couldn’t care less.

The other problem, with throwing this kind of apologetic at me, is that I can do the same thing to you. Let me quote for you a little except for the Book of Newman[1]:

Everybody already knows that God isn’t real. We are a superstitious and ignorant species, who are very good at fooling ourselves. We prefer comfortable false beliefs over having to face the harshness of reality.

I now have a source that tells me you’re wrong, and it’s just as authoritative as your precious letter to the Romans. Do you, as a Christian, accept my quote? I’m going to guess that you don’t. Could it be that the problems you have with this quote are the same as the problems that I have with yours?

To any Christian who uses Romans as an apologetic, I only have this bit of advice for you: While I can’t stop you from believing that I already know that God exists, I can tell you that I don’t. Please stop trying to tell me what I already believe, because it isn’t conducive to conversation. All it does is drive a wedge between us, and shuts down any chance of good conservation. I don’t care what you say about me to other Christians, but that’s really the only place this type of apologetic belongs.


[1] Sorry folk, the Book of Newman hasn’t been written (yet.)

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