Kalam Short Circuited

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

A Christian and an atheist in a video game arcade

Yates: Look at that! You’re going to get a high score!

Zander: What? Yeah.

Yates: You’ve played this before then.

Zander: Lots.

Yates: You’re certainly good at it. God has blessed you with amazing abilities.

Zander: Not so much.

Yates: Come now, don’t be modest.

Zander: I’m not. I’m just taking all the credit.

Yates: Surely you believe in God?

Zander: No. I’m trying to play a game here.

Yates: Just hear me out while you play. Consider that all things that come into being have a cause.

Zander: Is this the Kalam argument?

Yates: Yes, the Kalam cosmological argument. You’ve heard of it?

Zander: Are you Muslim?

Yates: No — certainly not. I’m a Christian.

Zander: Then why are you trying to prove Allah?

Yates: It’s not a proof for Allah. It’s proof that God exists.

Zander: Do you even know what Kalam is?

Yates: It’s the person who came up with the argument.

Zander: No, it’s Islamic philosophy. Don’t they have Wikipedia where you come from?

Yates: I don’t think you’re right about that.

Zander: Whatever. I’m trying to play a game. I don’t want to hear about Muhammad right now.

Yates: I’m not Muslim.

Zander: Goodbye. Peace be upon you.

Yates: Are you even listening?

Zander: Ma’a as-salaama.

Yates: (Harumph!)

 


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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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