Currently there is a war of words unfolding between John W. Loftus and his minions at “Debunking Christianity” and the folks over at his old stomping grounds, “Freethought Blogs”. The war concerns the essence of skepticism and the way that skeptics should be seeking to advance their agenda. As I observed at his blog, if this continues much longer, the skeptics will start to look like Baptists.
And that’s the irony. Christians have often been criticized for having “thirty thousand plus” denominations, thereby evincing great disagreement across a broad spectrum of belief and practice.
But how much agreement in belief and practice is there among the so-called skeptic community? Do “skeptics” agree on what skepticism is and should be? Do they agree on the methods to achieve their goals? As this current kerfuffle amply illustrates, they don’t. A thin veneer of unanmity in fact conceals very deep divides.
Yet one more illustration of how so-called skeptics are, in terms of social arrangement, not that different from the rest of us. Whether it be political conservatives, Baptists, economists, environmentalists or skeptics, we all are quick to fracture and we all struggle to maintain the essential unity of our respective movements.