I came across the article “5 ways to stump an atheist” written by Richard Bushey on his site Therefore, God exists. In the article, Bushey lists 5 questions to stump an atheist, although claiming there are many ways to do that. Of course stumping someone isn’t that hard. Just say something that they don’t expect or can’t wrap their head around. That doesn’t mean that what you said is clever or even true. It just means the other person doesn’t have a ready answer. Stumping someone doesn’t prove anything or secure you a win in a discussion. So would an atheist really be stumped? Hardly!
For those of you who like to read my blog, you’ll know I like to take answer these “Questions for atheists” lists that believers publish. They seem to think that these questions are clever, insightful and sure to stump any atheist. More often than not they are actually the opposite. Inane questions that are filled to the brim with presuppositions, lack of current scientific understanding and extremely leading are the norm. Nothing that would stump most atheists because we’ve thought about all these things and more often that not, that’s why we’re atheists.
The following list apparently appears in Dr. Norman Geisler’s book “Conversational Evangelism” and if it’s any indication of the quality of rest of the book, my advice would be to steer clear of this title. So without further ado, here is the list of “clever” questions for atheists!
If you’ve ever had a debate with someone who is defending his/her faith, you know that it is near impossible to convince a theist to critically examine their position of faith. When you’re an atheist, you usually value reason and logic so you rely on those in a debate. This is the point where your debate begins to break down because theists don’t use reason and logic to support their position. They may say they do but if they actually did, there would be no more theists. Here are a few examples from a recent debate I had, illustrating why theists and logic are a bad combination.
The book “Atheist Tiki Hour” popped up in my Twitter feed a couple of days ago, as a result of me following the author. She goes by the nickname of “Logospilgrim” on Twitter and pretty much anywhere else you care to look for her. As it turns out, she has her own WordPress blog as well. I promised her a review when I finished reading so without further ado, here is my review of “Atheist Tiki Hour, your guide to a secular blast”.
Is atheism a religion? At first glance, this seems like a strange thing to ask. Yet when you debate believers, mainly Christian apologists, you’ll find that many actually claim that atheism is no different from any other religion. They also claim that atheism requires faith, as much or even more so than their own religion does. For instance, David C. Pack does this in a video I have blogged about earlier. So is atheism a religion? Let’s find out.
Those of you who read this blog, are aware that I sometimes like to answer posts called “questions for atheists” or words to that effect. Just explore this tag to see a collection of those posts. Usually, these kinds of posts are supposed to ask some hard-hitting questions that leave atheists stumped and/or make them think that there may be something to faith after all. In reality though, these questions are almost always inane in nature, make most atheists roll their eyes and are often based on wrong (deliberate or not) interpretation of what atheism is.
I can’t open a single news outlet these days without seeing Larry Alex Taunton’s book “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist”. It shows up in my Amazon suggestions, it shows up in my Twitter feed and in my Google search results (at those times I care to use Google). As I understand, Taunton hints at the possibility that Hitchens may have considered Christianity towards the end of his life, suffering as he was from oesophageal cancer. The basis of this assertion is that Mr. Taunton and Mr. Hitchens read from the gospel of John together on two road trips. Frankly, I’m rather sick of hearing about it.