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 intellectual babies.
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
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?
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
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
(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 question:
"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 theism?"
"Do you believe something can come from
"Then would you say that the universe had to have
"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 consciousness?"
"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
"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 principle?"
"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 or
"What is required to know the difference?"
"If intelligence is required to recognize
symbolic information, is intelligence required to produce it?"
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
"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 design
"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 come
"Are you certain of that?"
'What makes one thing logical, and another not?"
"Would you say that there are laws, or principles
"Where did these laws of logic come from?"
"If they come from human consensus, why can't we change