Back into my Wheel of Masochism, I return to Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists (MCA). It takes a bit for me to find anything in need of refutation but The next chapter is worthy of note if only to indicate how little challenge Boghossian really wants to give himself, and how much he is actually a wolf preying on the vulnerable.
Boghossian’s dialogue with someone about “feelings” from Jesus (112f) are pretty much a waste of time, since I see much of that as nothing but an invention of Joel Osteen sorts of people. (Come to think of it, it would be pretty funny to watch Boghossian dialogue with Osteen, and see which one drove the other crazy first.) The same goes for the exchange which has Boghossian’s counterpart saying their faith brings them comfort (117) and makes them feel good (120). Boghossian seems very comfortable picking the low hanging fruit, at any rate.
The third dialogue someone revolves around Jesus being “clever” in effecting atonement. Whatever anthill that argument came from, probably needs to be fumigated, and Boghossian at that point was picking fruit off the ground. (121)
The fourth dialogue is Boghossian discussing the “first cause” argument with a security guard. Now he’s digging fruit out of holes in the ground. Next week: Boghossian proudly discusses how he beats up old ladies with sledgehammers.
Chapter 5 is advice on how to be nice to people you’ve deconverted. Arguments: Essentially, 0.
Chapter 6 finally gets back on the argument track, sort of. Actually what Boghossian engages are slogans (“My faith is true for me”), not arguments. Most involve definitions of “faith” that are as accurate renditions as the Greek word pistis as the English word “salami” would be. Most of what else passes as argument involve theistic proofs I don’t deal in, but there’s a real howler of a section on the religious beliefs of Hitler (174-6) which reads like a collection of arguments refuted in Hitler’s Christianity – complete with the most asinine of them all, “German troops wore ‘God With Us’ belt buckles.”
Oh well. We can finish this catastrophe off next time the circle of masochism makes its rounds.