Not especially, no.
On this week’s The Thinking Atheist podcast, Seth Andrews provided an apt description of presuppositional apologetics. He likened presups to buzzing insects whose threat is inconsequential beside the unbridled irritation they cause.
Most of us don’t know how to deal with presups. If you march against them armed with the toolbox of logical arguments one typically deploys against apologists, you’ll find yourself startlingly ill-equipped for the word games and circular drivel that form the backbone of presuppositionalist arguments. They’ll talk concentric circles around you and you’ll stand there fuming, knowing they are wrong without being able to verbalize a coherent justification for it.
Quite literally, presuppositionalism is the theological application of Monty Python’s Argument Clinic sketch:
This time, they attempted to set up an OP in a Texas Chili’s because… freedom… or something.
It is bad enough these people are fucking insane, but what makes them measurably worse than your run-of-the-mill anti-government gun-fondler is their proclivity towards unapologetic prickish behavior.
Could you imagine the carnage if eight heavily armed, complete strangers showed up on any of their front porches? And Chili’s should tolerate them because… why, pray tell? Because they have a brochure? How did they expect the front of house to react? “Oh, thank you for your shoddy PR material. Any and all concerns as to the continued safety of my customers and guests is now assuaged. Please help yourselves to a beer and our one of our shitty, deep-fried, diarrhea-inducing, post-industrial TexMex abominations!”
Or — and consider this — they strolled up to Chili’s knowing damn well they’d be asked to leave, so they could get the whole fucking thing on video in some lame-brained attempt to patriot-shame the franchise. I guess trolling cops is losing its appeal.
We will never be disillusioned or lose our way if we are guided by God.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 22, 2014
Predictably, the Francophiles are fawning over this kitschy dime-store philosophizing. They don’t seem to realize this one sentence sums up succinctly everything that is wrong with the Roman Catholic Catholic Church, and Christianity more generally.
“If you put your trust in God, you’ll never lose your way.”
“Oh, yeah? What about the Inquisition? What about the Crusades?”
“Well, that’s easy: they didn’t put their trust in God.”
“How do you even know that?”
“Because they lost their way.”
The West Antarctic ice sheet is toast, scientists say. There’s no bringing it back from the brink. Sea levels are going to rise.
That’s pretty bad news for the 44% of Americans who can’t swim.