Two thoughtful posts from Bruce G. Charlton :

The search for meaning and purpose (everywhere except Christianity)

For many decades I was searching for the meaning and purpose of life – and it was a serious search, involving a great deal of time, travel, effort and expense.

I was searching in many, many directions and places, in almost all places – except for Christianity.
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Because I knew all about Christianity, and I knew that the answer was not there; and therefore I resented all discussion of Christianity because it was merely wasting my precious time.

I was impatient and irritable about Christianity, because I knew all about it and I knew it was nonsense.
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When I eventually discovered Christianity was what I had supposedly been seeking, I felt pretty silly: I was pretty silly.

I had been willfully blind; I had systematically refrained from searching the only place where what I sought was to be found.
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This is the evil triumph of anti-Christian modernity – to have people assume that they know-all-about Christianity, that it is obsolete and exploded, and to deflect their search for meaning and purpose everywhere-except Christianity, and to make these same folk pride themselves on their open-mindedness, their unprejudiced truth-seeking.

Yet no matter how open minded and unprejudiced and sincere they are in their wide-ranging search for meaning and purpose they have unwittingly made the one, single, lethal assumption which utterly prevents them finding what they seek.

Wasted lives…

(Sunday, 29 April 2012)

What is the evidence against Christianity?

There are 1001 lines of evidence against ‘Christianity’ – as I was well aware during the many years when I assumed the falsehood of Christianity.

Of course, as I now know, taken individually, examined one at a time, all these lines of evidence are shallow, weak, inconclusive and thus inadequate.

But my implicit assumption throughout the time I ignored Christianity was that 1001 pieces of individually inadequate evidence – when heaped-up together – was in total effect more-than-sufficient to refute Christianity.

One good argument is enough to refute a falsehood; 1001 bad arguments don’t refute anything – even if they are repeated, and repeated.

(Saturday, 28 April 2012)


The author, Dr. Bruce G. Charlton, was baptized as an infant in the Anglican Church, but was an atheist all his life up to 2008. He is now a practicing member of the Church of England.
Dr Charlton is Professor of Theoretical Medicine at the University of Buckingham and Reader in Evolutionary Psychiatry at Newcastle University.
He blogs at http://charltonteaching.blogspot.ca/

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