With Easter coming up, I came across an interesting passage by Craig Biddle about a church father named Tertullian defending the belief in the resurrection of Christ from arguments against it by Marcion.
- Marcion had argued that it is irrational to believe that Christ had been resurrected. Tertullian’s argument is that if Christians deny Christ’s resurrection on the grounds that it is irrational to accept it, then Christianity is doomed. The Bible is full of impossible events and contradictions; if Christians reject one biblical idea on the grounds that it is irrational, then they have to reject all the irrational ideas in the Bible. If it is false that Christ was resurrected, writes Tertullian: “False, therefore, is our faith also.” So he takes the bull by the horns: “[T]he Son of God died; it is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd. And He was buried, and rose again; the fact is certain, because it is impossible.” [Craig Biddle, “A Matter of Scholarship“, Feb. 2005 ]
As I was earlier reading some Christian attacks on evolution in the Capitalism Forum, there were some interesting parallels to this quote. Evasion is a necessary tool of anyone attempting to live based upon a revealed truth without reference to reality, and thus they blank out their mind.