A Warning Against Pride

John Loftus is an atheist who had been running the Debunking Christianity blog and has contributed to a few books seeking to disprove the faith. Recently, he announced that he’s quitting, and here’s why:

“I have no more desire to engage Christians. They are deluded, all of them. I have never been more convinced of this than I am now. I have better things to do. … If what I have written isn’t good enough then nothing is good enough for some Christians.”

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Loftus’ pity-party goodbye post carries the same arrogance and condescension that has defined his writing. If people don’t agree with you, that means they’re just that deluded. Your failure to demolish the faith has nothing to do with the quality of your arguments, and if you can’t succeed in that endeavor, then no one can. Obviously.

But I think there’s a larger lesson here, one that we all need to be aware of in our own lives: the tendency to maintain your own blamelessness while thinking that everyone else is the reason you haven’t accomplished [insert your goal here].

Maybe a friendship has stalled, and neither one of you has really made the effort to rekindle it, but somehow, the other person receives 100 percent of the blame.

Maybe you’re not where you want to be in your career, and while it’s easy to think other people are responsible for that, you haven’t yet considered the possibility that you just haven’t been trying and your supervisors can see that.

Or, if you’re a Christian, maybe you’ve been wondering why God feels more distant lately, despite the fact that you’re the one who really doesn’t set any time aside to seek Him. When was the last time you prayed? Worshiped with like-minded people? Read the Scriptures? Shared the Gospel?

Let’s not be so confident of our righteousness that we miss the things in our lives that need our attention. That attitude has never led to anything good.

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