I’ve been blocked from commenting on a Christian blog. Was I being a troll? Was I being offensive? No, actually it was the opposite.

Some guy called Nick Norelli writes a blog called “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth –
Study to show thyself approved unto God… (2 Tim. 2:15)”. Apparently Nick is only interested in study if it agrees with his point of view though. On April 6, he wrote a blog post called “Out of Touch with Reality“. Guess who is out of touch with reality? That’s right – me.

Nick wrote a blog post attacking my intelligence. “Mr. Reilly shows himself to be woefully out of touch with reality.” It wasn’t bad enough that he got his argument wrong, claiming that I had, in another discussion on another site (which, by the way, was a very civil debate on both sides) claimed that “all scholars” agreed with my position on the historicity of Jesus, something I had not done.

So I left a comment on Nick post defending myself.

That lead to a discussion with some of the folks who read Nick’s blog and I believe the discussion was civil and honest. True that some of Nick’s readers, like Nick himself, are very dismissive of anyone who disagrees with their position. Instead of debating facts or refuting my position by providing evidence, they prefer to say things like:

“… his arguments reflect a slanted type of scholarship that doesn’t accurately represent the data.”

“… your doubt that Jesus even existed renders you unfit for me to engage in such matters.” (That’s the great Nick himself speaking.)

“… you just don’t know what you’re talking about.” (That’s Nick again.)

“I’m not even willing to discuss your arguments with you let alone debate them.” (Nick, again.)

So, as you can see, typical Christian avoidance and insults. Instead of debating facts, they would rather insult your intelligence, your knowledge or, as Nick did, just end up blocking you from the discussion.

I’d like to remind you again that HE started it by writing a blog post insulting my mental state (“out of touch with reality”).