In a recent letter appearing in The Advocate, a chemist proclaimed that religious beliefs are “stupefying and appalling” to him. Then he loudly proclaimed his final verdict: people holding any such beliefs are “stupid.” His unstated and unjustifiably elevated claim about himself is that he, on the other hand, is educated, intelligent and walking upon the most-rational of grounds.
His letter stands, or rather falls, upon his faith in the unproven “penetrating light of modernity.” Pardon me? Did he really sign that letter? Post-modernism denies enlightenment and denies legitimate rules and truth, so what does he mean by the self-contradictory and meaningless phrase “penetrating light of modernity”?Post-modernism denies the very existence of truth, so how can he proclaim his version of truth with such amazing credulity?
After having exposed the illegitimacy of his philosophical position, he then proceeds to parade before us his amazing ignorance about the Jew Jesus. He laughed and ridiculed because of the supposed absence of corroborating secular documents supporting the New Testament. Oh, the documentation exists, in huge quantities of high quality, and therefore his publicly proclaimed ignorance of them should cause him to be red-faced. I do not doubt that he has not seen them, nor do I doubt that he has not looked for them.
“The penetrating light of modernity.”— posh!