How NOT to Defeat Humanism and Atheism
There are so many things that can be said about this video… where to start?
First, I guess, are the ritual magic elements. If we yell, we can make magic things happen. If we sing the same song over and over, we can make magic things happen. And quite disturbingly, if we thrust our hips back and forth like we are making sweet, sweet love to the air, then, of course, we can make magic things happen (seriously, that dude needs to watch this video and stop doing that–it really is horrifying).
Second, and perhaps more relevant, is the fundamental misunderstanding of the humanist or atheist positions. Consider the lady’s shrieking ‘sermon’, “We are dethroning powers of darkness, and we are enthroning the king of kings. There are angelic visitations going forth. I just had a vision there are angels that have been stationed all around this glory church and at university campuses, and they have just been waiting for this commissioning call… and what’s happening is the darkness is being pierced… there is an anointing that goes out from our mouths and it goes out like a two-edged sword and it pierces the darkness of humanism, it pierces the darkness of atheism.”
And then Thrusty McAwkward adds, “I don’t know how to do it but just begin to say, ‘God we speak before you, a one percent, two percent change from this
Well, at least he sets his sights pretty high!
Humpty Hips then says, “Coat ta la ma ta cack.” Um… not really sure what that means… does anyone speak Klingon around here? Perhaps McGrath can get us a translation.
ElvisIsAliveInMyPants continues, “See the shift in heaven, see the principalities in heaven being pushed back. Hands are being pried off of the hearts of young mean and women. The devil’s talons are being ripped off minds right now.”
Like I said, there’s a lot that can be said, but for the sake of brevity, and to avoid arguments that have been rehearsed a thousand times over the internet and in books, can I point out that the humanist and atheist “darkness” is a little more complicated than being merely an evil faith position influenced by the devil as an opposition to heaven.
Of course, there are some atheists that can be just as annoying as hyper-fundamental Christians, but for the majority of humanists and atheists, the vast majority, their truth positions are not built on a deductive shield of ‘faith’ positions, but rather, are mostly built on something radically different. ‘Pulling down strongholds’ or ‘piercing the darkness” or babbling inanities to rip the devil’s talons from minds is not going to work. You will not replace one scientific based worldview for a faith based one with… um, how do I describe it? Oh yeah: the power of magical yelling.
For a better way to engage atheists try reading: How To Take Down an Atheist in a Debate.
As an aside, and I have mentioned this briefly before, I can never get over the self-aggrandizement in these sorts of prayers and rants, “I’m pulling down strongholds. We’re dethroning. We’re enthroning. A double-edged sword is going forth from our mouths and piercing the darkness,” etc., ad nauseum. Think much or yourself and your place in the meta-narrative you’ve constructed?