As you probably know, the folks at Triablogue are not my biggest fans. But now Patrick Chan has come out and published an absolutely scathing satire which completely takes apart the cynical misinformation of Steve Hays and his epigones. The article is called “Church of Uncertain” and I suggest you take a look so you can see what I am talking about. This is brilliant, subtle critique. Apparently Patrick has grown tired of Hays spreading lies and misinformation about me and my views, and I commend him.
The first great tip of Pat’s satirical intent is in the fact that his piece tars me with the label “ethical subjectivism”. Obviously Pat knows I am a hard-nosed ethical objectivist if ever there was one. Consider, for instance, my rather uncompromising critique of traditional notions of biblical genocide based on our intuitions of absolute moral axioms. By attributing to me views completely opposed to those I actually hold Pat is holding up a mirror to Steve Hays and his crew. Let’s hope they have the courage to look in it.
Second, note how Pat places my head and shoulders above a shirt that says “flaming liberal Christian”. I just about fell off my chair when I read that! Absolutely brilliant! Look at how the “liberal” shirt doesn’t even touch the image of my face and shoulders. In other words, Pat is telling us that the labels his triablogue buddies (Steve Hays in particular) use to marginalize folks like myself are arbitrary and have no meaningful connection with the people to whom they are applied. How true!
Finally, note the pie-chart. It divides up 25% ethical subjectivist, 25% liberal, et cetera. Of course this makes no sense. What is a 25% liberal? This is brilliant stuff! Pat is unveiling how the triabloguers throw around statistics and “facts” in a way that is meaningless simply so they can construct strawman that they can then knock down. People who consistently use lies to defend the “truth”. How sad.
Way to go Pat. That took courage. Keep up the good work.