How do you know what to believe and what is real? The film opens as a Michigan high school class trip to Washington DC, stumbles into an atheist/agnostic rally on the National Mall. One student quickly abandons his "bible is the word of god" augment, as soon as it is pointed out that the bible sanctions slavery. But the debate on religion gets real, (2:45) when Dustin S Segers, a professional christian evangelist, takes up the crusade.
He traveled from Greensboro, N.C., with the mission to win over non-believers to his lord, Segers believes he can win converts to jesus with "Christian Presuppositional Apologetics", which aims to present a "rational basis" for the Christian faith by using an evidential method to defend the faith, starting from neutral ground with the unbeliever then builds up to proving the existence of his version of the christian god. But Segers rationality is exposed as Christian bullyism* (see definition at end), when he debates Adam Johnson (with glasses), a 19 year old college student at the time. Adam argues that it's essential to figure out what's real and what's made-up."The
only way to know something - is through our logic and our reason. " (8:15)
The preacher's best argument - is to convince someone that logic does not exist. Segers tenaciously browbeats Adam until the preacher is convinced he has gotten Johnson to admit that "logic does not exist." Though Johnson denies it, the Pastor triumphantly announced he had, and declares victory. In the end Pastor Segers admits to mistakes, but adds that his god will forgive him. Which allows Adam Johnson to quip, with visible disgust, that that's exactly the problem. Believing that god forgives you for your mistakes, lets you off the hook, no need to correct the mistake nor to make good with the people you've offended. And the intellectual trickery is defended cause the means justify the ends as long as you are spreading the word of god.
Dustin once vigorously participated in this YouTube comment section, but then shut down his YouTube channel wiping out all comments. Which had included a followup debate challenge with Adam Johnson (with glasses), which was declined. On May 22, 2013, Dustin recommenced comments from a new Dustin Segers YouTube Channel. Dustin has also deleted his blog post, with his version of the "Reason Rally" using the name "dustman" Though a version of it was picked up at http://bahnsenburner.blogspot.com/2012/04/answering-dustin-segers.html
He is also amakes music see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVceB348l_o
The logical debater in this video is Adam Johnson (with glasses), who monitors this comments section, regularly responds to comments,
He was also in a band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keJaJUm2-jI
and acted https://vimeo.com/58804461
For the Christian Preachers edit of the see "Reason Rally 2012: The OFFICIAL Christian Vlog" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr4eHEH7Jek
* CHRISTIAN BULLYING is defined as "a persistent unwelcome behavior, mostly using unwarranted or invalid criticism, nit-picking, fault-finding, also exclusion, isolation," and much more. Here are some ways Christians may come across as bullies.
* Mocking another person's beliefs because they are different.
* Undermining another person's life because it does not line up with the Bible.
* Ignoring another persons ideas because they do not line up with your beliefs.
* Humiliating non Christian's in front of others because they do not want to come to a saving grace in Christ. (see more from http://whittwrites.hubpages.com/hub/Christian-bullying-in-and-outside-the-church)
In addition threatening someone, especially kids, with eternal damnation and going to hell, for not believing in their brand of christianity is also CHRISTIAN BULLYING.
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which relatively unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than it really is. The bias was first experimentally observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their own ineptitude and evaluate their own ability accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: highly skilled individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.
Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in the unskilled, and external misperception in the skilled: "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect