My argument would be something pretty close to Ehrman’s: Briefly, we know Jesus didn’t rise from the dead because that’s FUCKING IMPOSSIBLE.
The word “holy” means “complete.” But I’m not complete: I’m human. I’m a mess. I’m unholy. And I like it that way.
“Belief in Satan is a very old conspiracy theory,” folklorist Bill Ellis says. There is no “new Satanic Panic”: The panic was old when religion was young.
If ranchers want to know who’s really behind “cattle mutilations,” fine. The real culprits are quite obvious: It’s not Satanists. It’s the ranchers.
Mainstream religion never seems to get tired of the end of the world. Which seems to leave only Satanists with the job of preserving the world to the best of our ability.