And now for something completely different…
At work over the last week, I’ve been listening to a whole lot of stuff on my MP3 player: sermons, Brazillian prog metal, Shai Linne (by far the best Christian rap out there), some of the lectures/sessions from the 2011 Shepherds Conference, and a few debates. I re-listened to the Dan Barker vs. James White debate, and heard Barker toss out the “all Christians are atheists towards other religions; us atheists just go one step further and reject your religion too!”
I was thinking about that argument and wanted to post some thoughts on it as a quick “cop out post”, and then Brian Auten at Apologetics315 tweeted a link to this article, where Mr. J.W. Wartick beat me to it. He takes a great stab at showing the fallacious nature of the who “we’re more atheist than you” argument. I’ve heard it delivered by quite a few atheists, and though I’m in the middle of sermon prep and doing some personal study with the 40 minutes of free time I have in my week, I thought I’d at least pass the link on. It’s worth the read and fairly helpful, especially if you encounter someone from the “free thinkers society” (read “ex-confessing Christian who’s searching for a new form of fundamentalism”). I’m not about arguing with those fools, but I’m all about equipping believers to slash through slick-sounding garbage arguments that only work if you don’t think too hard about them.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “The Armchair Apologist” Unger