The Rational Response Squad has a “competitor”: a group calling itself the Righteous Response Squad. I think we can already see a problem—we can expect a dearth of originality and imagination from this new gang. And to fulfill that prediction, this collection of fundies decided to declare the Bible literally true and internally consistent, and issued a challenge: “Do you have bible contradictions? Do you think you can prove the bible false?”
This is easy. The only difficulty is that there are so many contradictions — biblical literalism is a fool’s game, which is why there are so many fools adhering to it. Here’s someone who took them up on the challenge, and he also did the eminently sensible thing of focusing finely on just one clear contradiction, in this case the two different lineages given for Joseph.
Now we learn why it’s a waste of time to debate creationists and apparently Christians, as well. They stammered a bit, couldn’t explain the contradiction (come on, the Bible gives Joseph two different fathers), and then … deleted the whole exchange from their site. Poof! Contradiction gone! I think this is an example of the sophisticated theology callow innocents like me and Richard Dawkins are supposed to address.
Call me naive, but I was a bit nettled by this. To issue a public challenge to a debate, to lose drastically and then to not only fail to adjust your world view accordingly, but to erase all evidence of the exchange from public view. Us godless blasphemers, we’d never do anything so shabby. It seems from the Rational Responders site that lots of people had been debating them, and their stuff got wiped as well.
Fortunately, the brief debate was stored elsewhere. I’ve got to remember this: always get copies of the exchange when arguing with liars.