This past weekend, I had two Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door. I immediately told them (twice!) that I wasn’t interested, but they somehow kept their foot in the door by not letting me get a word in edgewise. Certainly they were polite, but their persistence was annoying for someone who clearly wasn’t interested. But this is just one example of the influence that religion can have over people’s lives. These JWs go door-to-door all over the world with a massively coordinated workforce of volunteers.
Despite my general tolerance for religion and religious believers, I would like to see the influence of religion lessened. I certainly affirm the right of every individual to believe what he or she wishes, but I also hold to the position that people should evaluate their beliefs critically, using reason and evidence. While some religious believers certainly do this, others do not, and yet others attempt on some level to do so without ever really critically engaging arguments that might challenge their beliefs. I used to fall into that latter category. I tried to use arguments and evidence to evaluate my faith, but my critical evaluation involved reading books like The Case For Christ (amazon.ca) rather than The God Delusion (amazon.ca). How one is supposed to critically evaluate one’s religion without reading anything that the opposing side writes is beyond me.
So I have decided to start a series entitled “Contesting Christianity”, in which I will take a look at some of the most common reasons that people use to support the Christian faith, and show why they are poor reasons. This is not really intended to convince so much as to inform. I certainly wouldn’t expect anyone to lose their faith simply because of my writings. But I hope that it will get people to think, or at the very least, I hope it will help Christians to become more knowledgeable about the arguments non-Christians use to dismiss Christianity.
This is, as far as I can recall, the first time I’ve tried to write a series. Hopefully anyone who reads this blog regularly will not be put off by the change. In the six years I’ve had this blog, I’ve put very little effort into making it worth the read—and that is fine. But I’m trying now to actually write things that people might possibly want to read. For once, I’m going to put some effort into it. Hopefully that will attract more people here than it scares off.
Anyway, I am going to try to make this series a weekly thing, but we’ll have to see whether I stick with that or not. In closing, please let me stress that this is ultimately intended as a discussion. I would love to hear any comments that religious and non-religious people have to say about what I’ve written. That goes for everything I’ve written, but doubly for this series. So please enjoy what I write, and engage with the material as much as you like. Thank you!
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