The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "Always be
prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account
for the hope that is in you." But not many Christians have taken
the time to do that.
I am not ashamed of Jesus, but I am sometimes
embarrassed by the laziness of many who claim to be Christians.
Too few of them are the kind who are given to actually
reading the Bible that much on their own, much less
giving thought to defending their faith. Rather, just like most
non-Christians, they prefer to be entertained and have things
spoon-fed to them - physical adults, but spiritual and
This is not the fault of the faith, which calls
men to grow intellectually and spiritually. And of course, we
have to give people time to grow. Those qualified and gifted as
teachers should not consider themselves superior to the rest of
believers. We are all of equal worth in Christ. I'd take a
humble illiterate man as a friend any day over a learned man
puffed up with self importance and conceit. The first man is
most certainly the much more "intelligent" of the two.
But for the sake of Christ, we are all called to
be ready to defend our hope. And most Christians just aren't
ready enough to do that. This is something men like Bill Maher
capitalize on. There are, unfortunately, enough Christians like
that to keep him employed for life with documentaries such as Religious.
Things have not changed much since the time when the book of
Hebrews was written.
In our defense, the tendency to laziness is a
general human condition we must all overcome, and I imagine
there are proportionally just as many intellectually lazy
atheists and anti-theists. Can we expect much more from a
generation raised on TV and video games?
To demonstrate this, I would like to make a
documentary stripping bare the reasons why people hold to
atheism and anti-theism. I can think of plenty of questions that
I would like to ask people of these orientations in
interviews. If I were to do so, l would invite Bill Maher
to be my very first interview subject. Here are some of
the questions I would ask:
(1) Feel certain there is no God,
(2) Think there is probably no God, or
(3) find yourself unable to answer because
you have not been motivated to give much thought to it?"
If (1) is the answer, I would ask, "Can anyone
honestly be certain there is no God? "
If the answer is affirmative, I would follow up
with, "How can you be certain without having divine qualities
If (2) is the answer, I would ask, "Then
doesn't that make you an agnostic?"
If (3) is the answer, I would ask, "Isn't that
like sticking your head in the sand? Is that very wise?"
For Bill Maher, I would reserve the following
"On a couple of occasions, you have called
yourself an apatheist. This word can't be found in
Webster's dictionary, but Wikipedia defines an apatheist
as someone acting with apathy, disregard, or lack of
interest towards belief, or lack of belief in a deity ...'
If you really have no interest in whether or not there is
a God, why then have you launched attacks upon
"Do you believe something can come from
"Then would you say that the universe had to
have a cause?"
"What caused the universe?"
If the reply is a "Vacuum fluctuation, or "A
White Hole" I would in turn ask, "What exactly is a
vacuum fluctuation or a white hole? What causes one? How
certain are you that's how it happened?"
"How can non-life produce life?"
"How can something unintelligent produce
"How can unconsciousness matter produce
"How did the first cell arise?"
"Do you know just how complex the simplest cell
is? Do you know how many parts it has?"
"How did the eye evolve? Did it's components
form all at once, or one at a time?"
"If they evolved one at a time, what good is an
optic nerve without an eye? What good is an eye without
an optic nerve?"
"If they all evolved together, what good is a
partly formed eye?"
"How did the male and female sexes evolve?"
"Why two sexes? Why not just one?"
"Is there such a thing as sin or evil? Would
you say that those who commit evil violate some moral
"Where do these moral principles come from?"
"You believe morality is what most people think
is right. But can't most people be wrong about something? If
so, what makes them wrong?"
"Is it OK to lie sometimes?"
"Under what circumstances?"
"How do I know for certain you haven't lied to
me in this interview?"
"Can we be certain of what the truth is?"
"Are you absolutely certain of that?"
"If all life evolved, is human life any more
valuable than animal life?"
"Why is it more valuable?"
"Please define the term 'symbolic information'
"Would you say that a radio station broadcasts
"What is the difference between symbolic information and noise
"What is required to know the difference?"
"If intelligence is required to recognize
symbolic information, is intelligence required to
"Does the DNA in your cells symbolically
represent you in some way?"
"How was that symbolism produced without an
"Do you know the difference between
micro-evolution and macro-evolution?"
"Did you know that one is a theory, and the
other an un-proven hypothesis?"
"Do you believe that homology proves evolution
"My Toyota and my Ford are homologous. Does
this mean they both have a common ancestor?"
"My hands and my feet are homologous. Does this
mean they both evolved from a common ancestral limb?"
"Ever heard the design mantra, 'Form follows
function?' Couldn't homology also be evidence of universal
"Couldn't homology also be evidence of a common
"Would you say that the universe behaves
according to physical laws, such as the laws of gravity?"
"Where did the physical laws of the universe
"Are you certain of that?"
'What makes one thing logical, and another
"Would you say that there are laws, or
principles of logic?"
"Where did these laws of logic come
"If they come from human consensus, why can't
we change them?"