“Well (s)he’s obviously not a TRUE Christian”

When I bring up how I, as an atheist, am often treated by Christians, I hear “well they aren’t true Christians then.” I also hear this from both sides of the issue of homosexuality. The side opposing it says that the people of the side condoning it “aren’t true Christians”, while the side condoning it tells me that the people who condemn homosexuality “aren’t real Christians” as well.

This is known as the No True Scotsman Fallacy, and is often used to dissociate one’s self from a person or group of people that might otherwise paint one and one’s beliefs in a bad tone. However, this assertion is offered on an arbitrary and baseless guideline.

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Chris·tian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ

So obviously these people who “aren’t true Christians” really ARE true Christians, just ones that the person making this claim does not want to be associated with. And most of the time the “untrue” Christian will have Biblical passages supporting their claim, no matter what side of an issue they are on. Jesus says love your neighbor, so it’s wrong to condemn homosexuals. But Deuteronomy makes it very clear that homosexuality is an abomination, so they can’t be tolerated! See? Both sides have scripture on their side.

Someone else could easily assert that no true Christian would ever tell a lie. And *POOF* just like that, this bold proposal eliminates nearly 2 billion Christians.

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~ by kriskodisko on October 30, 2013.

7 Responses to ““Well (s)he’s obviously not a TRUE Christian””

  1. It seems that collecting all of the data points I’ve been given about who isn’t and which behaviors and opinions are not truly Christian, and giving them all equal weight as I, being an atheist, am not qualified to assign weights to them, then there must be not one true Christian anywhere on Earth or in history.

    I take comfort in that. 🙂

  2. One of the many reasons why I dislike religion. I have been caught up in battles within myself about my own beliefs and have started doubting myself due to those who question me.

  3. To assume this fallacy on happens among Christians or the religious.. and that Atheist and other “scientific” thinkers are immune is naive.

  4. well said. we all like to think that we all are ‘real’. but there is no such thing as perfection. there is no perfect world and there is no perfect human being. and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. however, when a ‘religion’ is used to reason things and to oppose others whom do not think the way we do, well, that’s just plain lazy and ignorant. then again, that’s just my very own opinion.

  5. Your article has some of the best content I’ve read on this topic lately. You’re viewpoints are really right on in my opinion. Thank you. Keep up the good writing.

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