On atheism and logic

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

Why do atheists always say that Christianity is illogical? Have they looked up information?
Calling athiests here: I cannot find any contradictions, or pieces of illogical text in the bible that cannot be resolved with a bit of thought or resources. I would love to answer anyone’s questions on this topic, but few ever ask, and most of those who do have already made up their minds. Is it just being sure that you already know, refusal to be responsible to a higher power, stubborness, lack of resources or something else intirely?

Well, if the Bible is so logical, how come Christians keep arguing among themselves, in particular about what should and should not be in the Bible? Marcion (c.150) thought that Christians must reject the Old Testament, since the God who sent the Christ is not the God of the Old Testament; he also thought that there is only one true gospel, that of Luke. Irinaeus (c.180) believed that there are four and only four gospels (out of 30 or so floating around at the time), and his viewpoint eventually (by about 300) prevailed. But even then, many Christian scholars questioned the Revelation; the last attempt to remove the Revelation from the canon was undertaken by none other than Martin Luther.

On a more practical plane, try this… In Mat 6:5-6, Jesus says:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Essentially, Jesus condemns church going and public displays of religiosity. Yet Christians are very fond of both…

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