A new book called No Argument for God by John Wilkinson seems to be a good candidate for Poe’s Law. Unlike most apologists, who seek good arguments to support their belief in God, Wilkinson proudly condemns logical argument and claims that belief in God is absurd. Well, yes, it is. But Wilkinson then goes on to perform some rather strange mental gymnastics in an attempt to convince us that this very absurdity is the reason we should believe in God.
Here is a snippet from Chapter Two of No Argument for God, which can be found on Wilkinson’s blog:
Recounting the absurdities of our faith forces us to realize that in its purest form Christianity does not conform to human logic. Over the centuries these absurd details could have been edited and cleaned up to fit within the bounds of reason, but they haven’t.
Wilkinson’s hypothesis only works if we regard the production of the Bible as a highly organized affair carried about by educated philosophers and logicians who would readily put aside their reverence for the texts and correct them as they saw fit. Hardly a likely scenario.
The Bible wasn’t written from start to finish as a single project with a single aim. It didn’t have editors guiding the writing process or delegating topics to individual writers. It had no fact checkers. And it was written over a period of many centuries.
It was also considered to be sacred, meaning that any logical inconsistencies, if they were noticed at all, would not simply have been corrected. Rather, the early church would have taken precisely the same approach modern literalists take: that Biblical inconsistencies do not really exist, they are just a product of our inferior ability to understand the complex message of God.
There is another, even larger problem, with Wilkinson’s idea. If it is true that absurdity reflects some sort of profound, meta-logical truth, then why isn’t he clamoring for us to believe other absurd religious beliefs? There are many that give Christianity a good run for its money. Shouldn’t Wilkinson be a Scientologist instead?