Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Blasphemy Challenge

Never heard of www.blasphemychallenge.com. Now I do. It was quite shocking to see a website devoted to calling youth to denounce Christianity and upload their videotaped message to YouTube. All they have to do is 'deny the Holy Spirit' in a misinterpreted but probably equally ill-fated attempt to commit the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. It seems just one other but more openly evil plan to undermine anything Christian. To what goal? On the Fox Network the owner of the website wants to alleviate the psychological torture inflicted on millions of youth across the USA by the dangerous Christian idea of moral guilt before God.

A few quick arguments against it:

1. The reasoning is incoherent: Denying God, denies intrinsic (as opposed to situational) morality. If God does in fact not exist, there is no reason to alleviated people from any psychological torture as such a thing is justified in itself. It cannot be condemned on any moral basis whatsoever.

2. Religion is the result of a felt moral guilt not the originator of it.

3. Many Christians prove to be balanced people free of guilt or fear of punishment. In fact they do not concern themselves so much with their own inner well-being as they do with the well-being of others.

4 Comments:

Blogger The Trousered Ape said...

Hi - I saw that you left a comment on Dr. Groothuis' blog regarding iPod's and listening to his lectures as well as lectures by Schaeffer. Where do you find those because I would love to get my ears on some of the Schaeffer works at a minimum.

Sorry for the round-about way of contacting you. I had searched for an email address but wasn't able to find one and I don't know how often you check the Curmudgeon site to see if I asked you a question directly there. I figured this would be my best shot at a quick response.

Thanks for your time.

Shawn

5:31 PM  
Blogger Yossman said...

Hi Shawn,

I haven't found a lot of free Schaeffer stuff, but there are three lectures available at bethinking.org as well as some lectures from other L'Abri alumni such as Andrew Fellows and Jerram Barrs.

For stuff about Schaeffer check: http://www.covenantseminary.edu/worldwide/en/CC578/CC578.asp
and:
http://www.covenantseminary.edu/worldwide/en/CC579/CC579.asp

I've found some video footage on a Dutch Christian Network site of the series 'How should we then live". Follow the link below and then find the links on the right under 'artikelen'. Clicking on one will lead you to a page with a corresponding videolink for that article on the right. Hope it works.

Jos

11:31 PM  
Blogger Yossman said...

Sorry. Link to videofootage:

http://www.eo.nl/components/articles/article.jsp?portal=5254965&map=5724122&baseBlock=6102875&theme=5724122&subtheme=6102445&subsubtheme=6102869&article=5801925

Jos

11:33 PM  
Blogger The Trousered Ape said...

Hi Jos -

Thank you very much for pointing me in this direction. I will go and check out these sites right now.

Shawn

6:26 AM  

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