Has this happened to you?
You’re in a dialogue with a believer of some stripe on their blog site. You feel you’ve made some excellent points against their arguments. You return to see their response and find that your reply has been deleted. No explanation given. It’s just…gone.
I’ve had this experience more times than I can count. The latest example comes from the blog of Canon Press, a Christian “literature ministry”. The topic which led me to comment was the boasting about the relative success of their book Is Christianity Good for the World? I started off with the reasonable observation that the goodness of something does not necessarily relate to its truthfulness. A staff member, Frank, replied with what I considered a woolly-headed rationalization, namely,
We all live as if telling the truth is good, while telling a lie is bad. And if it’s right for us to live this way (which it is), then it make sense that seeking good is also seeking truth.
Huh? I pointed out that telling a lie can be good, depending on the circumstances, which rendered his formulation invalid. Unfortunately, Frank continued to dig himself into a hole with that comment that,
“Truth” is what God says, and everything that God does and says is good.
I’m sure you can predict my response. If everything God does is good, and God killed children, logically, that makes killing children good. I continued to press this point, as well as faulted Frank for his equivocation and logical fallacies. Apparently this was too much for Frank, as he – or someone else at Canon Press – deleted my reply.
The really ironic thing is the statement made at the top of their blog,
sometimes it looks like our efforts only make unbelievers more stubborn in their resistance to the Gospel.
When your fatuous reasoning is exposed and you panic by erasing the evidence, is it any wonder why?