TMM: D’Souza v. Ehrman

This is a wonderful little compilation from TMM (who originally went by The Messianic Manic), an atheist amateur philosopher with the patience of a saint. He can sift through hours of online footage to provide wonderful thoughtful nuggets

This is excerpted from a debate between Bart Ehrman, a Professor of Biblical studies and one of the world’s foremost experts on the New Testament, and Dinesh D’Souza, whom TMM aptly identifies as one of the world’s “derpiest apologists”, about the problem of evil.

The problem of evil points out an internal contradiction in Christian Theology (or any Abrahamic theology, really). The concept of god survives by remaining vague and ill-defined. The second you try to articular specific properties of a god, you almost immediately get contradictions, either internally or with observed reality. Over the centuries, theologians have been slowly but continuously ret-conning god to make him more and more powerful, but also more and more good (whatever “good” means from the point of view of an entity who is supposed to be able to re-define good when she pleases.) And power and goodness don’t exactly square well with tsunamis.

Dinesh’s attempts to defend this obviously-losing proposition are almost humorous.

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