After producing the TQA blog for 5 years, we have had hundreds of skeptics comment on our blog posts. With so many skeptics, I’ve seen patterns of behavior that have led me to refer to some of the skeptical commenters as hyper-skeptics. A hyper-skeptic is someone who will not ever consider any evidences, arguments, or reasoning given for Christianity.
For those fair-minded skeptics out there who don’t want to become like this, here are the warning signs I’ve seen. What makes a person a hyper-skeptic? Well, you might be a hyper-skeptic if …
You don’t need to read anything actually written by Christian scholars, because you are just smarter than they are (and you’ve heard it all before).
You think it’s doubtful that Jesus ever lived.
You believe that Christian apologists are lying most of the time.
You actually think that the evidence for a flying spaghetti monster is as good as the evidence for the Christian God.
When you read a blog post written by a Christian, you aren’t reading for understanding; you’re reading to find isolated phrases or sentences that you can attack.
You believe that Antony Flew renounced atheism only because of old age and senility.
You don’t understand theology or metaphysics, but you’re certain it’s just a bunch of made-up mumbo-jumbo.
You almost never agree with anything a Christian apologist writes, even on the most uncontroversial subjects.
You believe that if you ever publicly agree with a Christian, you are contributing to the downfall of civilization.
You are 100% certain that people cannot rise from the dead, and no amount of historical evidence would ever be convincing.
You think that the strength of the historical evidence supporting the stories in the Book of Mormon is roughly equivalent to the strength of the historical evidence supporting the New Testament accounts of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection.
You think that The God Delusion is a tour de force that annihilates all of the best Christian arguments for God.
You think that the Bible contains nothing of value.
There are plenty of fair-minded skeptics that comment on the blog, and I appreciate them (at least I try to). But if you’re a skeptic and you find yourself fitting much of the criteria I’ve listed above, you need to step back and ask yourself why. Why have you become as dogmatic and fundamentalist as the religious folks you like to deride?
If you are a hyper-skeptic, you are not reasonable and you are not thinking clearly when it comes to Christianity. Take some time off from the blogosphere and figure out why you’ve crossed this line. I sincerely doubt it is a purely intellectual issue.