A Christian in Atheist Shoes

Mike O. tells an interesting story at Off the Map. His son attends a Christian high school. In History class, students were assigned to represent different faiths for a mock discussion. Mike’s son was assigned to atheism.

So you *know* this is going to be either really good or terribly bad…

The son did his homework. As Mike says,

The class was divided into the four camps, and apparently the “atheists” were the only ones that came prepared. My son had answers to the questions he thought he would be asked, and he prepared questions for the other “atheists” in the class to ask. Their strategy was to ask a fairly innocuous set up question and when the Christian gave the pat Christian answer, a related, more difficult question … one that actually required some THOUGHT … was asked.

My son won the debate. I don’t think that was supposed to happen.

His son is still a Christian, for those who are curious, but kudos to him for being able to see the other side.

I’d love to know what thought-provoking questions he asked of the other faiths and what he responded with when he was asked tough questions.

How well could atheists represent Christians? While I’m sure most would have the content knowledge, I’m not as sure how many would be willing to represent Christianity in a debate. Even for a class assignment.

Mike also raises a question about whether disproving Evolution is equivalent to proving God. Short answer: No. For the longer answers, see the comments on the Off the Map page.

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  • Mike O

    They never really asked him anything hard. They asked about the light at the end of the tunnel, which he happened to have read up on and explained it as the physiological response having to do with blood flow slowing to the edges of the retina or something like that, creating a tunnel effect. I can’t remember the details, but that one probably really is a purely physical response. The funny thing was, that was the first question and he really bowled them over with his knowledge and medical terms in his answer. I think they were expecting some made-up “here’s what a Christian thinks an atheist would say” answer, and they didn’t get that.

    His two most memorable series of questions he got the other “atheists” in the class were:
    1) Do babies die when they go to heaven? Of course, the pat christian answer is “of course they do.”
    2) That doesn’t seem fair, does it? I mean, a baby that does nothing at all gets to spend “eternity with Jesus” but people like Ghandi, who actually do something good here on earth don’t get to go? How does that work?
    3) It seems, then, like abortion doctors are almost a sort of missionary, doesn’t it? I mean, if babies all go to heaven when they die, aren’t abortionists in effect guaranteeing salvation to every baby they abort?

    His other series was on heaven
    1) What is heaven like? It was described as eternal bliss and joy and unimaginable peace and beauty, etc.
    2) really? But how could someone in heaven actually be having eternal bliss if they know their loved ones are burning for all eternity in the lake of fire? Doesn’t seem very blissful to me.

    He also had done some study on Pascal’s wager and other things that didn’t come up. He did a really good job, from the sounds of it. Now I just want the teacher to make him debate FOR Christianity to help his classmates see the need for critical thinking and the need to be able to defend what you believe in the real world, not a Christian School classroom.

  • KoKoMo Jr

    Well, Yipee for mike-o.
    It looks like he has spawned another bible thumper, to be let loose upon the world!

  • http://www.myspace.com/setonedgeband Shannon Lewis

    As a Christian, even, I find that quite humorous, and at the same time a bit sad. I, too, am glad to see that he did his homework. So far the best case I’ve seen for Atheism is Anthony Flew’s in his published debate with William Lane Craig. Anyway…thanks for sharing…