Using Absense as Evidence
During this Easter weekend I’ve seen more than one faith head propose the supposed empty tomb of Jesus as evidence for his resurrection, sometimes even claiming that this absence is troubling to even the harshest non-believer. Take this quote from a certain fundie
The shock waves created by the discovery of an empty tomb two thousand years ago continue to perplex even the harshest skeptic. Where did the body go? What about the eyewitnesses, the hundreds who saw the risen Christ?
‘Perplex even the harshest skeptic?’ Hardly! There are empty tombs all over the world, and they don’t provide evidence that Jesus was in them just by existing!
I could go into the various reasons why the story of the empty tomb holds no water, but someone else already has, and I’d recommend reading that instead. No, my main issue here is the argument FOR something by pointing out the ABSENCE of it.
‘There’s an empty tomb!’ shout the faithful (failing to mention that there are many empty tombs, and they are mostly empty because they’ve been grave robbed over the centuries), ‘this means that Jesus isn’t in one, SO HE’S RISEN!!!!’. Obviously bollocks to anyone with half a brain, this doesn’t stop the religious loons from gibbering out their nonsense over and over again.
Look, Freddy Faith, something not being here now doesn’t mean that it was at some point in the past. If it did I could argue that Harry Potter exists, after all I can’t see him anywhere in my living room right now, and a full check of the house likewise fails to show any sign of his presence…..this can only mean one thing – HARRY POTTER HAS LEFT MY HOUSE!!! Therefore I have evidence that Harry Potter exists, evidence that perplexes even the harshest ‘skeptic’.
Of course I don’t, it’s utter fantasy, just like the story of Jesus’ resurrection.