I’m finishing up the book now but what I have noticed, which is indicative of most attacks on Christianity, is the prolific use of straw-men arguments. So lets spend the rest of our time examining a few
1) People are religious because it gives them comfort. On page 4 he says, “Why, that would be as much as saying that religion might not be true, but never mind that, since it can be relied upon for comfort.” I am sure there are those who have a belief system for this reason but that doesn’t make that belief system false. Would atheism be false simply because I could find some atheists who are comforted by the idea that there is no cosmic judge?
2) Faith contradicts Science. Page 5 he said, “We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we district anything that contradicts science or outrages reason.” Oh I’m sorry…I forgot that it is more reasonable to believe that something came from nothing rather than something came from someone. Secondly, scientific discoveries have show that space/time/matter had a beginning and are correlative. They are an effect. Therefore, is it more scientific to believe that the cause is spaceless/timeless/immaterial or to believe it just happened by chance?
3) Atheists don’t need god to be moral. Also on page 5 he states, “We do not believe in heaven or hell, yet no statistic will ever find that without these blandishments and threats we commit more crimes of greed or violence than the faithful.” I don’t know what spiritual guru he has been speaking to but that is not the argument. Of course atheists can be moral without God. In fact the Bible teaches that God put morality on the hearts of all men (Rom 2:12-16). The argument is that without God you cannot justify morality. That is, you can tell me murder is wrong but you can’t tell me why it is wrong. It is just your opinion versus mine.
We aren’t even 10 pages into his book and we are lost in a maze of straw-men. Hopefully we can find ourselves out of this proverbial cornfield with a little common sense. Which of the three above do you find most often in people’s attacks on Christianity?