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Non-Debating Noah’s Flood

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S.J. Thomason on her “Christian Apologist” website does yoeman work defending the Christian faith, and today she takes on “Street Epistemology” (https://christian-apologist.com/2018/06/26/ways-for-christians-to-respond-to-boghassion-style-street-epistemology/). This is about how to answer those who challenge the Bible because they (in my view) have nothing constructive to do with their lives. S.J. has a lot more patience than I do.

An example she uses is when an atheist challenges the justice and goodness of God by asking something like “What about all those people who drowned in the Flood?” We also regularly encounter “What about the Canaanites” and “What about the Midianites,” etc., who were wiped out by the children of Israel. The implication is always “God can’t possibly be good if he kills off so many people.”

It’s a waste of time, I think, trying to debate the Flood with someone who doesn’t believe the Flood ever happened (and therefor no one drowned in it!): who, in fact, considers the whole Bible a work of fiction. He would better employ his outrage on behalf of, say, the 40 million people killed by Mao Tse-tung in the Great Leap Forward. That happened in my own lifetime, with the whole world watching.

Anyhow, way to go, Ms. Thomason. You won’t convince those people with whom you’re debating–but you never know who else might be listening. Your work may be bearing fruit that you aren’t in a position to see.


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