Here's the thing - she had me fooled, and a whole lot of other people. Now, this blog isn't an explanation of Poe's Law, which states: "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing." However, her blog did get me to thinking about trying my hand at trolling myself, just as an exercise to see if I could pull it off.
Of course, I could easily pose as a convincing extremist. All I'd have to do is regurgitate Pascal's wager and the creationist propaganda from Answers in Genesis. There's no challenge in that. But could I successfully pose as a more mainstream Christian - even one who is thoughtful about his beliefs? Could I fool not only the nonbelievers but the believers as well?
To what end? Well, part of it comes with my frustration with debating Christians where they can never seem to even articulate what my point of view is. Not only that, but many of them wind up writing long screeds where they essentially sum up Christianity 101, as if I hadn't heard all of those arguments before. I always feel like I have no problem getting what they're saying, but they are utterly clueless as to what I'm saying - either because they're too dense in some cases or because if they completely acknowledged my point, they'd have to confront the weaknesses in their own.
I don't feel like carrying on some extensive, protracted act of duplicity. I just want to see if I can get a few blog posts out there and see if I can convincingly make the case for the Christian viewpoint. Obviously, I won't ever be able to write something where every Christian agrees, but can I do something where no Christian questions my sincerity or whether I understand the basic philosophy?
It's an interesting idea, and as of right now it's only that - an idea. I haven't been blogging much lately, but perhaps this will inspire me to write some more.