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This is a very good article and worthy of respect. However, (apologies to Stonyground for proceeding as he/she hoped no-one would) the many conflicting and apparently paradoxical viewpoints that exist within the realm of Christianity do not necessarily have to lead to the conclusion that they are all wrong.

If you study the history of Christian thinking - theologically, morally and structurally - from the initial establishment of the Christian Church in the 1st century you can see that a) there is a single church i.e. the Catholic Church, that has maintained consistency in what it says is the truth about God, humanity and salvation (whether the individuals within that church have chosen to accept those truths, or maintain the required behaviour and practices that arise from them or not) and b) that each of the contradictions mentioned in the article have arisen at specific points in history because people have departed from the one church and formed another church or movement within that church.

If you accept the principle ideas that Christianity presents about God, creation and the story of humanity then it is reasonable to accept that a) as God's message is about a spiritual and moral reality that just is then the establishment of one church to maintain that truth would be necessary to combat the inevitable temptations to reinterpret and change things in accordance with people's own comfort and perception (which by consequence divorces what they now say is true from the actual truth) and b) that as that reality requires people to accept things they cannot see and change their behaviour in ways they may find difficult, that there will be those regularly taking what they like about the original message, ditching what they don't and so starting all over again on their own.

I totally agree that the consequence of this constant separation and multiplication of viewpoints within Christianity is an obstacle to its credibility, but propose that this is a matter of perception only. If there was no church that had been consistent in its teaching then it would be case closed, but as there is one church that has maintained that consistency (and you could reasonably argue that this consistency is present in much of the Orthodox Christian Church and to a lesser extent in some movements within the main Protestant churches too) then you cannot logically conclude that the Christian God does not exist. Just because there inconsistency in some, does not mean there is inconsistency overall.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 23:02:40 UTC | #635684