It’s not a theological or scientific triumph to point out when Ray Comfort is wrong about something.
But sometimes it’s fun to shoot fish in a barrel.
Like in this case.
First, someone asked Ray a question:
<< Munjaros said...What's your definition of an atheist?>>
Then, Ray responded like this:
An atheist is a person who pretends that there is no God.
Best wishes, Ray
We’re all cracking up here.
Then a commenter (Martin James) offered up another definition:
This is mine:
A person who refuses to believe the facts.
I think the facts support the creation account, and not fairy tales.
The original questioner, Munjaros, questioned this definition (though, oddly enough, not Ray’s definition):
I was unable to find your definition of atheist in the dictionary. Did you make it up? If we’re redefining words here we’re going to run into problems communicating.
Then, Ray, unable to understand how commenting works on these crazy, newfangled “blogs,” thought Martin was questioning his infinite wisdom and decided to respond. He not only misunderstood the unintelligent conversation taking place, he took the question out of context and changed the question-being-referenced (in other words, he lied):
<< martin james: I was unable to find your definition of atheist in the dictionary. [“An atheist is a person who pretends that there is no God”] Did you make it up? If we're redefining words here we're going to run into problems communicating.>>
Ok, maybe it was just an honest mistake.
What was Ray’s response?
I find it interesting that you appeal to the absolute authority of the dictionary. Wasn’t it written by men? Don’t men make mistakes? Aren’t there all sorts of different versions? Which one is right? Hasn’t it changed down through the ages? Besides, who are they (whoever “they” are) to say what’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to word definitions? There are no verbal absolutes. Everyone to his own. However, I think we can still communicate.
Oh my god, Ray Comfort doesn’t believe in dictionaries.
He also says all that without the least bit of irony. All an atheist has to do is replace the word “dictionary” with “Bible” in that whole rant to make an easy argument against taking the Bible literally.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Kirk Cameron[/tags]