Robert Clifton Robertson: What’s the Matter with You?

Here’s an article by self-styled “Christian Author, Philosopher, And Apologist” Robert Clifton Robertson, who says not to worry about global warming, asteroid strikes, or nuclear war, because Jesus is planning to live on Earth for ten centuries as chief functionary of some kind of monarchical government, protecting us from calamity. No problem, right? It’s only after then that he shanks us.

This kind of bullshit “religion” would be amusing if it was just in someone’s crazy blog, but it’s real. Preachers preach this stuff to millions of unfortunate people, who believe it, and let it guide their actions. Captains of Industry. Presidents. People in a position to make policies that could bring actual catastrophes about. All based upon manifestations of some unfathomable, all-pervasive desire for global annihilation that all these apocalyptic sects share. It could realistically spark our extinction.

Strikingly, he embraces the Big Bang theory as “proof” of God’s existence, because it means the universe began once, so it has to have had someone around to start it. Giddily tossing it around like a cat with a catnip toy, he revels in its superficial resemblance to the idea of a creator God, while dismissing every other facet of cosmology, evolutionary biology, and climate science out of hand. And he never quite connects how a “singularity” (he uses the word) containing everything that would ever come to exist in our universe (a fact he seems to accept as given) might consist of Earth, a formless void with darkness on the face of its deep.

But I suppose it makes sense⏤he might as well barf up some word salad about the beginning of time, when he’s on about the end of it, right?⏤when Jesus “will melt the universe with a great heat death.” He doesn’t cite any source for that astonishing, ostensibly scientific assertion, speaking of the “great heat death” along with Asteroid’s [sic], nuclear war, and global warming as nostalgic artifacts of some longtime future paradise.

It’s nice when they present you with a “Straw Man” of their very own making. He has a hefty WordPress blog that is positively engorged with this stuff. One of thousands. Then comes the even greater mass of similar verbiage from pulpits and Sunday school classrooms they’ve all been absorbing since long before there was ever an Internet. In Eisenhower’s time, when it was still just seething below the surface, even conservative policymakers regarded such apocalyptic fervor as a source of concern. Now that it’s boiled over into the mainstream, it’s driving the world insane.

After Jesus has completed the 1,000 year kingdom on earth, He will melt the universe with a great heat death and everything will collapse back upon itself. The destruction of earth and the universe will not happen until God says that it is time for it to happen. Man cannot destroy the earth or human life, because God has a plan that He has determined and no one can change what God has planned.

During the seven year Tribulation described by the Book of Revelation, chapters 6-18, we see that the earth will be struck by Asteroid’s, and nuclear war will break out, as well as global warming will threaten the earth.

Robert Clifton Robinson, “Christian Author, Philosopher, And Apologist

When cosmologists speak of the universe ending in a “heat death,” it means the universe continues to expand until it all goes completely cold, a whole universe at absolute zero. (If I understand it minimally). It means that the universe is “dead” because all the “heat” went out of it. It emphatically is not a thing that Jesus can melt the universe with.

If you would like to see what a real science blog looks like, check this out. It came out five years ago, yet people still pontificate about how “The Big Bang” conclusively proves that the universe could not have come from nothing. In the post-truth society, every utterance can be someone’s “ultimate truth.” http://tiny.cc/nothing-to-something

I’ve placed a link on the facsimile below, if you’re inclined to stare at a bloody wreck like this for yourself.




“Adaptability Evolution” is apparently a thing ??

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James Quinn, April 9, 2019 • 2:56 pm

The thing about all the dials is a concept that many people misunderstand. It’s not necessary to assume that someone set the dials up front so that life would emerge on our tiny speck of dust. The dials fell however they did, come what may, and life like ours luckily became possible, after the fact. That is not a difficult idea to grasp, in a universe as inconceivably vast as ours. Especially if Earth is the only place with life on it⏤you would think that if the dials were set that perfectly, there would be life all over the place. At least until Jesus melts it all in a great heat death.

None of your other “proofs” are any more convincing than that. You couch your stuff in pseudo-scientific terms and then imagine that you can simply dismiss decades of math and observations by thousands of really smart, very well technologically-equipped scientists all over the world, just by saying “Nuh-uh!” So respect science or don’t⏤but don’t sit there and cherry pick little bits from the popular press that support your beliefs, and on your own little authority dismiss all the rest as heresy. And when you talk of the Big Bang as “proof” of the existence of God, recognize that you are doing pure theology couched in metaphors superficially gleaned from a layman’s scientific perspective. It is not, in any shape or form, “science.” What next, are you going to start abducting scientists and torturing them into recanting string theory? Serial killer, are you?

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  1. Hi. I found Robertson on Twitter and have interacted a bit. He claims to be a philosopher (but doesn’t seem to understand basic philosophical principles) and also claims to be a cosmologist (though, for various reasons, I have my doubts). I know very little about the guy, and in a search to find out more about him, I came across you and your thoughts about him. Interestingly, nothing came up about his 32 books that he’s claiming to have written (so far) and I wondered if you could tell me more about him? Something about him and his claims just doesn’t ring true!

    I guess if you respond to this I’ll get an email. Thanks in anticipation.

    Dave.

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    1. Sorry for the long delay. All I know of him is the crazy religious stuff he posted on that one website. I happen to be a librarian in real life and I just ran a search for him in WorldCat.org and couldn’t find anything. Seems one can “write 32 books” without having a single library in the world (that uses WorldCat) put any of them in their collections.

      I find it interesting to watch the Evangelical/Fundamentalist web stuff because I think the Scopes Monkey Trial, and the fact that certain ministers have been yelling fire and brimstone for generations at their congregations that science is “of the Devil” because it contradicts the Bible, is ultimately the root of today’s “Post Truth Society.” Several “prophets” with huge followings both on and offline are essentially going around telling their people that Donald Trump is God’s instrument on Earth, a new Jesus even, or even some kind of deity in his own right. Many of them blather on and on in sermons about Donald Trump this or that, with nary a mention of God or Jesus. I follow a guy on YouTube called the “Telltale Atheist” who likes to keep on top of them, which is a good place to find choice video snippets of them stomping crazily back and forth across the stage screaming that Donald Trump is still the president, and that whenever he chooses to, he can walk in the White House and tell Biden and his folks to leave, and God will magically make him the President again—all to the applause and approbation of their audiences. One guy very recently said that King David refused to become King when God called him, but was able to take over once he personally wanted to, so Trump is just like that. They compare him to King David a lot, and also to Solomon because they expect him to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. One guy said that was only natural since he is a consummate real estate developer.

      By the way, one of those YouTube atheists recently claimed that the only reason Solomon is called “Wise” is because of the incident in which two women argued that a certain child was theirs, so to smoke out which one was the real mother, he threatened to chop the baby in half and split it up that way. Solomon figured that one out all by himself. Unfortunately one of them had to be a psychopath for the ruse to work—no normal person would go for it—hopefully both putative mothers would decline. Or they both might have been, and the poor kid would have got the ax. Hence, it wasn’t really all that wise. And he would have had to have been a psychopath himself to suggest it.

      The rank-and-file are trained to “believe only the Bible and Jesus,” except many of them have limited literacy skills and have never really read the Bible or anything about it, so their only way to know what Jesus and the Bible want them to do is to trust their pastor, (some groups call them “prophets”), to tell them. In “The Family” that runs the National Prayer Breakfast, their tag line is “Jesus and Nothing,” meaning only the cult leader is actually in on guiding the flock, explicitly ignoring the Bible altogether. They pushed all kinds of people overseas (since they knew it was a non-starter here) to criminalize homosexuality, and even persuaded a legislator in Uganda actually to introduce a bill making homosexuality a capital offense. As it is, you can only get decades in prison for it, which apparently is not enough for The Family.

      So if Donald Trump is the new Jesus, he’s the new Jesus. It got to the point that a “minister” could say anything, and now *anybody* can say anything, no matter how bizarre, and it becomes “their truth” just for the saying of it. Social media aggravates it, but is not the cause.

      One important way to counter this would be to re-visit the imperative against criticizing other people’s religion. Especially since 9/11 there has been a rule that if anyone ever declares something to be an aspect of their sincerely held religious belief, no matter how illogical, bizarre, or dangerous, it becomes absolutely off-limits even for analysis, let alone criticism or condemnation. Hence so far I have never heard a pundit, ostensibly tracing the roots of Post Truth, “Q,” MAGA, all that, more than barely skirt the subject of evangelicalism’s role in causing and perpetuating it. Yet from a particular point of view, as much a humans are a type of great ape, “Q” and MAGA are evangelical denominations. Or at the very least, tapeworms in the belly of evangelical religion that will kill it if they themselves―the majority of them, I mean, that aren’t evil, irredeemably stupid, or clinically psychotic― refuse to address the problem.

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