Series introduction: here commences a series of occasional posts that will last as long as inspiration (or flow of good suggestions) lasts.
The posts will be shorter than a gamer's attention-span and more focused than a starving cat at a mouse-hole. They are meant to be sharp, forceful, decisive, thought-provoking checkmates to some of the common snipes that skeptics of all sorts and colors like to thrown down.
These posts will not appeal to the lazy-minded.
Think of them as proverbic: they require reflection. They're game-stoppers-and-changers.
Or at least that's the intent.
In each, the challenge will be some shallow, evasive, clichéd, yet atrociously-popular dodge that often derails conversations. Times beyond count, I've seen good folks pay out enormous time dealing with such as if they were serious, sincere, and thoughtful — when they usually aren't. In my estimation, what is more often needed is something that will (for the first time) force the challenger to doubt his own premise and think about the issue. The response is meant to be that sort of a verbal sharp stick.
From what I see in the Bible, often our first work must be demo-work (cf. Proverbs 21:22; Jeremiah 1:9-10; 2 Timothy 4:2). You can see me attempting it, myself, here and here.
Now, you do have to be prepared with substantive follow-up. I expect there to be some, in the meta's. But hopefully the response will shift the field of play, and the roles of Defense and Offense will fall where they rightly should. Some will be examples of "karate exegesis."
For every person who finds the responses obvious and banal, I hope that two or three will say "Oh... yeah! I get it. I can use that."
Only this initial post will have this introduction. The others will probably fit in the "fifty words or less" category.
And so, without further eloquence, here's the first:
Challenge: Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.
Response: Jesus never explicitly said anything about child-molesting, rape, incest, or marrying your hamster, either. And...?