The Autonomous Theist

Enquiries on Atheism

Why are you betraying Jesus?  He died for you.

Adam and EveWho is this ‘Jesus’ and why did he have to die for me?  What did I do that required his death?  Struck by the temerity of this question, I vacillated between the different approaches one could take in addressing it.  Should I question the historicity of Jesus?  Maybe, but that would be rather boring.  Should I declare that betrayal is only possible if one believes in the entity that is being betrayed?  After all, if I lose my tooth and don’t put it under my pillow, am I betraying the tooth fairy?  What good is a tooth to a nonexistent being?  How can I betray something that I don’t believe in?

No, I think I’ll examine this from a different perspective.  It is late, I can’t sleep – a recipe for poor writing, I know – and I’m in a…

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