The Arrogance and Unreasonableness of Christian Apologists

I think a rite of passage to becoming a Christian apologist should be to follow the advice of Rene Descartes, a good Catholic, who is widely known for being the father of modern philosophy. He embarked on a quest for knowledge that began by doubting everything he could doubt. He wrote: "If you would be a real seeker after truth it is necessary that at least once in your life, you should you doubt, as far as possible, all things."

No one has to doubt everything. But everyone should doubt most everything once in their lives. Most people hardly doubt anything at all throughout their lives. They were raised to know the truth, the whole truth, so help them god. If they do doubt something significant it could be a real life changer, especially something near and dear to them, like religion. Christian apologists should especially do what Descartes said. It would humble them. It might force them to hold to fewer claims with certainty, at the least.

An educated person is someone who has learned to doubt, since that's what an education does. Over the course of their studies students learn they've been wrong on issues they were previously sure about. So as I've said before, an educated person is someone who has more questions than answers. The wise person is truly the person who doesn't claim to know. We know this. It's undeniable. There isn't any contradiction in saying so, either. For if we know anything at all, we have extremely solid objective reasons to doubt what we know about almost everything, everything that lacks objective evidence for it.

This doesn't describe what most people known as Christian apologists sound like. They sound as if they're experts in far too many disciplines, even the wannabe apologists who have no college degrees at all, or a minimum level of college classes, or a college degree in areas unrelated to their claimed expertise! They think they have have a solid certain grip on truth. Just ask them. They have the solutions to nearly every question we ask, and they know how to Google the others. They act like arrogant know-it-alls. They are willfully ignorant of the fact that the brain treats questions about beliefs like physical threats. They are ignorant of being ignorant so they will deny they are ignorant. They are unreasonable people. My goal is to show them this, but the faith virus is strong with them, making it nearly impossible to do so. My best hopes are to reach others who are reading. And they are reading.