I had a feeling Mighty Timbo was bailing out when he ended his last comment here by saying, “Contact me again when you’re interested in genuine discourse.” A strange thing to say, considering that “genuine discourse”—as opposed to following a Jack Chick style script—is exactly what I have been doing, and what he appears to be trying to extricate himself from. He did, at least, promise to let me keep reviewing the material on his site: “You are always free to use quotes from my site. It is my request that when you do so you provide a link to the page you took the quote from. And you can certainly use anything I say as a springboard for any future articles.”
Except… quite suddenly, his entire web site has disappeared. This is not just a glitch. As of 5:00 AM GMT, his domain was listed as cancelled, and sortly thereafter someone was able to purchase the domain name and point it at The Secular Web.
I have to say I feel more than just a bit of sympathy for Mighty Timbo. I was a Christian for many years, and I used to have this sort of experience too. God is mighty, God is wise, God is loving, and God speaks to you, and leads you into some new and bold adventure. And because you really truly sincerely believe, you trust God, and you head into this glorious crusade full of confidence (and maybe even just a touch of smugness). And then you hit a point where you need for God to actually exist outside your own head—and everything inexplicably falls apart. The things that can’t possibly be false somehow fail to be true. And there you are, high and dry, with no way to climb back down. Or at least not gracefully.
Sigh. That’s one of the reasons I’m so glad I’m not Christian any more. Life makes so much more sense when you’re not complicating an already difficult life by trying to figure out the motives and intentions of an “all-powerful” deity who keeps letting you down when it really counts.