Mr. Cropes has a number of questions and has made a number
He has asked for a response.
Following is my response in the context of his questions.
Above, I ask why he feels wronged because "right" and "wrong"
is inconsistent with the evolutionary world view he espouses.
For example, lions don't explain why they kill, nor do they justify their actions (if they could).
Thus the only reason an explanation is necessary is if we live in a world where there is "right" and "wrong". As Fyodor Dostoevsky said, "if there is no God, everything is permitted." Thus the only reason everything is not permitted, (and the only reason any action could be "wrong") is if there is a God. (This is one formation of the moral argument for God.)
I merely asked Mr. Cropes to acknowledge that fact - that the reason there is "right" and "wrong" is because we live in the moral universe created by a moral God. Here is his response:
Evolution is nothing more than storytelling, so it can explain anything evolutionists want it to (as my site rationalfaith.com repeatedly points out), so the explanation in his meme is irrelevant.
Both philosophically and theologically he is incorrect. And
he has technically not acknowledged God exists.
Yet he still feels "wronged" even though his world view doesn't support "right" and "wrong", a very strong inconsistency in his worldview.
But since I'm feeling magnanimous today, I am nevertheless providing this response.
Below, he tells me he feels wronged. (Though as I mentioned above, his worldview doesn't support it.)
Above he suggests I asked my followers to send me his memes. I have a question for Mr. Cropes on this. Are you so arrogant that you think my request for people to send me memes to debunk was a request to send your memes? How foolish! Here is the request:
If there’s an evolutionary meme you’d like to see unmasked in a future article, send me a link to it
Which is found at the bottom of this article:
I did not ask for his memes in particular. I've already found his memes and will debunk the ones I chose at my leisure. The request is for other memes that I haven't seen that people might have questions about. Do you, Mr. Cropes, really think you're the only one who makes evolution supporting memes?
Following that, he re-iterates his complaint and talks about
his repeated requests:
With regard to the repeated requests, I don't know how he lives his life, but I have a life outside of the internet and twitter. I do not spend my time breathlessly awaiting the next thing to happen on twitter. I get to twitter and replies when I have a chance to get to them. That means I typically don't reply the moment something comes in unless I'm already online, and the needed response is quick (unlike this one). I recommend the application of patience for him and all the others who are impatiently awaiting my response.
Finally he accuses me of saying I'll explain myself if he "converts" to my religion:
I said no such thing (look above and see for yourself), so in
this matter, it is Mr. Cropes who is being "incredibly dishonest."
Converting to my religion entails:
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
I have not asked Mr. Cropes to confess or believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior or his resurrection, (which would be a request for conversion). I merely asked him to acknowledge that it is God who is the source of "right" and "wrong". Once again we see how quick some are to put forth false accusations.
Now, as to his specific question - Why did I remove
his name from the memes in my articles which debunk them?
For a number of reasons:
1. Consider, do advertisers of one product typically name the competing product in an ad, or do they merely say "Brand X" or "Brand Y." Anyone who knows anything about advertising knows companies typically do not want to provide free advertising for the competing product, so they typically will not name the competing product.
Mr Cropes is essentially advertising and promoting a competing worldview. Why should I give him free advertising in my articles? Is he giving me any free advertising?
2. The online name "LordCropes" looks to me like an online pseudonym. I prefer not to use pseudonym.
3. Additionally "Lord" is inappropriate. I live in the
United States of America. We do not recognize titles of nobility here.
Furthermore, I am a Christian. As far as I'm concerned, there is only one person worthy of the title "Lord", and that would be the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is why I address him as "Mr." Cropes, not "Lord" Cropes.
Now, if Mr. Cropes would like to provide me his real
name, I will give him credit in the credit section of my articles where I list
the creator of graphic works.
I expect his first name is not "Lord"; but if it is I would have to list him as LCropes. At any rate, he needs to certify what his real name is. If he does that, I'll list him in the credit section of my articles as the creator of the memes. I'll be publishing another article on his memes in the next few days (UnMasking Mistakes in Memes of Evolution - Part 2). So Mr. Cropes, if you want a credit in this and future articles, send me your real full name.
As for putting the name on the memes themselves - I'll
make him an offer:
For every meme that I put his name on (which appear in my pro-creation, anti-evolution site), he must put the name of my site, and preferably the article that debunks his meme, in that meme in the pro-evolution sites he posts them to. Some thing like "Debunked by rationalfaith.com" would work.
If he is unwilling to do this, then he understands why his name is not on the memes in my articles.
(Even so the offer for credit at the bottom remains open - if a real full name is provided.)