A while back, I remember reading something by a former creationist. He said, at one point (years earlier), that he had read lots of creationist literature, and was just itching for a chance to confront a real evolutionist. He thought he’d be able to easily debunk evolutionist claims, making an evolutionist look silly and uninformed. (We evolutionists see a lot of that fantasy.) One day, someone pointed him to the Index to Creationist Claims, and had his confidence deflated as he realized that he didn’t know nearly as much as he’d thought.
I was thinking about this the other day, and thought it’d be a good idea to create an Index to Christian Claims, Index to Islamic Claims, etc. It could be very useful to create one for every religion. (Yes, this has been done to a small degree on some websites.) It would be nice to collect all those arguments produced by theists and debunk them in one place – instead of the current situation where the arguments have to be reconstructed over and over in different places all over the internet. Things that could be tacked include things like: the claim that the Biblical text about the resurrection proves Jesus rose from the dead, the uniqueness of Christianity proves it isn’t a derivative of other religions, the claim that fulfillment of Biblical prophecy proves it’s divine, C.S. Lewis’ claim that humankind’s desire to construct gods proves God exists (because, according to his argument, every desire has a way to satisfy that desire; e.g. thirst is satisfied by water, hunger is satisfied by food, etc). Many of these claims are unique to each religion (or religious offshoot), so there should be a different one for the different religions. I understand that Islam, for example, teaches that all “prophets of God” (Abraham, Moses, Mohammed, etc) were sinless. Of course, even the Jewish/Christian Old Testament contradicts that idea – and there’s really no reason for them to lie about Moses being sinful.
Anyone have any thoughts about this project?