What is the purpose of prayer supposed to be? If God is all powerful and all-knowing and has a plan for the entire universe, how does it make any logical sense to ask him for anything? Are you going to change his mind and get him to do something he wouldn’t have otherwise? Bring a problem to his attention that he wasn’t aware of? It’s pretty clear that, given the current Christian concept of God, prayer is just flatly logically incoherent.
I’ve heard Christians tentatively babble their way around this, but I rarely hear sustained attempts at explaining what prayer is supposed to do. Today, I will treat you to a video where a guy named Nate with a channel called “Wise Disciple” gives it his best shot. It’s very telling – not only in terms of his personal inability to make the case, but in illustrating why Christians don’t (and probably can’t) themselves.
Inspiring Philosophy’s second argument for why Christian Nationalism isn’t Christian is a pretty strange one. He argues that protestant missionaries in the 19th and 20th centuries contributed to democracy and literacy across the world – and from this he concludes that Christianity leads to these outcomes, and thus isn’t likely to lead to nationalism. Even taking all is contentions about the effects of missionaries at face value, this is a wild leap in logic, drawing a generalization about the entire religion from the activities of a small group of people in one historical period and claiming it makes another phenomenon in an entirely different era unlikely.
In this video The Prophet of Zod takes a look at Inspiring Philosophy’s claim that Christianity does not cause Christian Nationalism. It’s an idea that sounds absurd – almost contradictory – on its face, but Inspiring Philosophy runs through a lot of rapid-fire points/studies that can make the idea start to sound plausible. His video can be broken down into three main arguments: 1) Christian Nationalism is (supposedly) more prevalent among unchurched than churched populations, 2) 19th-20th Century missionaries spread democracy and literacy (which probably means it’s not likely to have caused 21st Century Christian Nationalism), and 3) An unpopular political party from 20th Century Germany was not as Christian as some people think. This specific video focuses on the first claim.
This is the famed Prophet of Zod. Here you find everything from satirical atheist cartoons to a guy with a static head and no discernible facial features.
Frank Turek recently uploaded a clip of himself talking about the role of Christians in American politics. It’s an interesting journey through the usual generalizations about the role of Christians in public life and how they’ve let the “secularists” take over the country, of course diving into expected paranoia about how they eventually won’t be free to practice their faith if they don’t stay actively engaged in politics. At the end, though, it takes an interesting turn, as it unwittingly expresses a deep insecurity about the relevance of their religion and WHY it isn’t getting more traction in our society. And perhaps questions of Christian engagement in politics helps them cope with this insecurity.
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