I was thinking of continuing the discussion with a new post here, but before I got around to it, my friend Luka got into it with Callahan in Julian’s comments section. Luka and I had an IM chat about it, and I decided I could save time by posting the transcript:
Luka: who the heck is gene callahan?No offense to Callahan intended. Maybe he’ll explain what he means in the comments section.
me: some blogger
name sounds familiar from somewhere, but i can't recall where
me: you just read his post about my sharpton post?
Luka: yeah. but first i had a little exchange with him on julian's blog
he linked to your response to him, from his blog
me: oh, to show some other foolish atheist's bad arguments?
Luka: sort of
but our convo was about the "but what does that even mean" strategy
you employed it in response to his claim that god is justice
i was saying that it's a fine way to go sometimes
me: yeah, say huh?
(was my reaction)
Luka: totally ridiculous claim about god
but he seems to think that it's basically never ok to ask what something even means
i think he's got at least a couple silly views
me: yeah. i would debate him further, but i don't know what he even means ;)
Luka: exactly! :-)
me: it sounds like he is defining God as the existence of reality. in which case i guess i'm a theist after all.
Luka: yeah, me too. it's like what that spinoza guy seemed to be doing. god = the universe or some crap. totally ridiculous and somewhat dishonest
me: because it's not what almost anyone actually means by God
me: "X does not exist." "Well allow me to redefine X as something that exists. QED."
Luka: yeah. it's absurd!
me: I should copy this chat and just post it.
Luka: go for it.
that would be funny