Lots of Australian churches outsource the creation of ‘witty’ posters to an outfit called Outreach Media, who have a new zinger for us each month. They were the people who produced the horrific Christian poster with the lion on. Well, their October effort is pretty bad, too. Just a bit less horrific, and a bit more stupid.
In case you can’t make it out, it’s a picture of an apparition of Jesus on a slice of toast, and the caption ‘WantBetterEvidence.org’
Want better evidence?
Why, yes, Outreach Media! I do want better evidence! That’s what we’ve been saying all along!
I’m sure you’re as excited as I am to see what they have to offer!
Actually, I’ll save you the bother. It’s the Bible. Because apparently, a self-contradictory bundle of myths about a zombie carpenter, cobbled together long after his supposed life, is evidence for miracles. And somehow that proves God.
I’ve got a slight problem with that. Actually, I’ve got quite a lot of pretty stonking huge problems with it. Here are a few off the top of my head:
- You can’t demonstrate a miracle with a 2,000-year-old anecdote.
- An anecdote of even a natural phenomenon is hardly reliable if it was passed on from person to illiterate person for decades.
- There is a link or two missing in the syllogism: ‘Jesus, therefore god’.
- No-one wrote about Jesus while he was alive. No-one.
- The earliest biblical writings about Jesus (Paul’s epistles) don’t seem to square with the idea of a recently deceased human.
- The earliest Gospel (Mark) overlooked some pretty big details. Like the virgin birth. And the resurrection.
There are dozens more holes in this stupid claim. Please add your favourites in the comments below!
Only a fool would think the biblical tales of Jesus support the historicity of the biblical tales of Jesus. Let alone the rarely-defined ‘God’. Speaking of the the big fella, if God is a real phenomenon, to be found throughout the natural world today, why do we need these Middle Eastern legends as evidence? The icing on the cake is when they link to the Centre for Public Christianity in the hope that CPX will get them out of their mess. It’s almost as though Outreach don’t read my blog!
I was, therefore, less than impressed with Outreach Media’s offering of ‘evidence of god’. I was amazed that they actually thought calling attention to the amount of evidence for god was a good idea.
Clearly, Dave, we really need your help.
- not an actual quote from Outreach Media
So I’m happy to offer them a little help:
Here’s a sneak preview. Click the toast for more: