P.S. to Letter 16 to Common Sense Atheist

Tom Gilson

Luke,

I could have said all of that much more simply. I apologize for breaking the rhythm here by adding this short P.S., but I think this will help clarify the situation.

You say that Christianity is the belief in an invisible magical friend who grants wishes. For the sake of argument, let us suppose that is literally accurate.1 I say the Grand Canyon as a hole in the ground. I think you would have to grant that is also literally true.

If, however, I go on from there to say, “‘The Grand Canyon is a hole in the ground’ is a depiction of the Grand Canyon that is accurate for purposes of discussing its worth and value,” you would have to respond, that’s just ludicrous.

If you say, “‘Christianity is the belief in an invisible magical friend who grants wishes’ is a depiction that is accurate for purposes of discussing Christianity’s worth and value,” I have to respond—and you should also recognize—that’s just as ludicrous. For these purposes it is most certainly not accurate, and I continue to recommend that when you are discussing the worth and value of Christianity, you drop this obviously inaccurate depiction.

  1. My true position on that is detailed in my previous letters. []