One of the arguments for the existence of God is the teleological argument, or argument from design.
With this weekends NFL playoff games there is apparently a new argument for the existence of God, the Tebowlogical argument, or argument by completed passes by touchdown in the final moments of a game.
Being that Tim Tebow is from the same town I live in and went to a Baptist church blocks from my own parish I have some prejudice to like him. Even if I am annoyed that his church has it’s own parking garage, while parking at my parish is quite limited.
That he annoys so many people because of his open discussion of his faith is also a point in his favor. The irrational reaction is quite interesting and apparently you can wear any advocacy on you sleeve just as long as it is not Christianity. Though his families involvement in the Philippines with statements like “Of the 86 million Filipinos, we estimate that over 65 million have never once heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ” does not exactly warm my heart, especially considering my wife is Filipino. All those Catholic Filipino’s will be surprised that when the Gospel is read at Mass they didn’t hear it.
Regardless the Tebowlogical argument seems to go both ways as both a proof for the existence of God and for his nonexistence. Especially as both wins and losses are tied to his Christianity.
Apparently some seem to think that God closely watches the stats of a game to help them reference scriptural verses. His last weeks win ending in 316 passing yards is tied to the 3:16 he use to display in his eye black. Now imagine if he loses this weekend’s game and passes for 330? John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Of course Patriot fans would think that it was Tom Brady who must increase. Though exactly how does the passing yards to scriptural passage connection work? Is it just the Gospel of John or can other books be referenced. If so how do you infer which book? Hard to decide unless the receivers name is Mark, Matthew, Luke, or John.
Plus how does the physics of a God-influenced football game work? Are arm and leg muscles divinely inspired or is the flight of the football affected on the way to the receiver? Or is air resistance changed in route?
Regardless I would like to see Mr. Tebow become a Catholic, just as I want the same for all. After all all if he thinks he is hated and disparaged now he might as well get the full treatment of hate and disparagement.
I do hope LarryD updates his The Catholic’s Examination Of Conscience Guide To The NFL Playoffs so I can get my bets in.