So I finally sat down to read the second chapter of John Loftus’s How To Defend the Christian Faith. When I wrote about chapter 1, someone asked me why I bothered with Loftus. The answer, I guess, was because he seems to have some influence. His books show up in bookstores.
Now I’m asking myself the same question I was asked.
— And here’s the part where I wrote more than 800 words explaining why I was asking myself this question. When I was done, I realized that if I published all my arguments I’d be taking his book seriously. I’ve decided not to make that mistake. John Loftus warrants respect for being a fellow human being. His book is not a person, however, and it doesn’t automatically deserve the same. —
I’ve thumbed through the rest of the book, anyway. It’s snarky, it’s ill-mannered, it’s rude (and he admits it), it’s easy to find rational and evidential problems on almost every page I’ve looked at, and I’m not going to waste any more time on it.
I’m not entirely giving up on John Loftus yet, though. I’m going to take at least a quick look at his book on philosophy of religion, since he was kind enough to mail me a copy. Otherwise I’m going to spend my atheist reading time reading ideas worth attending to. Such books exist. This isn’t one of them.