Aggressive Atheism

Atheists’ Mockery at ABC’s “Face Off” on God’s Existence

NEW YORK, May 7, 2007 — A 100-year-old Baptist church in the heart of New York was the venue Saturday for an ABC debate on the existence of God. Actor Kirk Cameron and best-selling author Ray Comfort “faced off” against two atheists from the “Rational Response Squad,” in a debate moderated by ABC Nightline’s Martin Bashir.

“We were delighted ABC gave us the opportunity to present our case,” said Comfort, “but we were taken aback by the aggressive nature of the debate. The audience was evenly divided between believers and atheists. The believers were very polite and quiet, while the atheists were extremely vocal. ‘Nasty’ is an appropriate word. We felt life a couple of goldfish in a pool of hungry Piranhas, and were getting a sense of what the early Christians must have felt in a Roman coliseum.”

In the debate, Comfort presented proof for the existence of God, while Cameron offered evidence to show that the theory of Darwinian evolution is unreasonable and unscientific. They pointed evolutionists to www.IntelligentDesignVersusEvolution.com, where they’re offering $10,000 to anyone who can provide a genuine, living transitional form supporting evolutionary claims. The debate also addressed such questions as “Who made God?” and “What about the heathen in Africa who’ve never heard about God?”

“The atheists made it very clear they didn’t like what we said,” Cameron explained. “They were full of mockery and sarcasm, belittling the many great scientists and intellectuals who recognize the existence of a Supreme Being. But the average American isn’t viciously anti-God. In fact, polls show that more than 90 percent believe in His existence. Our hope is that the program will cause people to think deeply about the evidence presented, and challenge them to consider this most important issue of life.”

While Comfort and Cameron will have to wait until Wednesday to see what the public thinks of the debate, they report that they’ve already received encouraging email from one audience member who commended their presentation: “Good job last night! Although I received my invitation to the show via the atheist camp, I must confess that I was impressed with the two of you (and that I was embarrassed by at least two atheist audience members, whose hostile questions bordered on heckling-I admired your calm and courteous responses). …I find the ‘Design means there was a Designer’ argument to be perfectly logical. I just have yet to come across convincing evidence that this Master Designer of the Universe inspired the Judeo-Christian Bible.’”

Another encouragement, Comfort added, was that both mothers of the two atheists in the debate are Christians-one of whom was in the front row of the audience. Comfort stated, “Both sincerely thanked us for our stand, and said that they were earnestly praying for us.”

The entire debate will be streamed on http://abcnews.go.com/abcnewsnow on Wednesday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PST) and an excerpt will be aired that night on ABC’s Nightline.

Contact: Mark Spence, 562-920-8431, Ext 304, mark@livingwaters.com

Remember that verse from the Bible…’the devil stalks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Elsewhere the Scripture says that Satan ‘goes to and fro upon earth.’

I’ve had a theory for some time that the Spirit of Atheism that haunted Eastern Europe during the Communist regime has now moved West. The mark of the beast is that it was not just agnosticism, but aggressive atheism. This was the sort of atheism that would spit and snarl and howl with rage. This is the atheism that mocks and derides God and all things holy. In fact it isn’t really atheism at all, it is inyerface rebellion and hatred of God.

It reminds me of the time I got involved in a religious discussion with an English student who didn’t engage with the question of God’s existence at all. He avoided all reason and all rational discussion and simply snarled, “I hate God.”

Well, there we are. It’s with us folks. Recognize it for what it is. It’s big, it’s dark, it’s nasty and it bites. Furthermore, we might see the intellectual expression of it in your Richard Dawkins, Philip Pullmans, Hitchens etc. but there is a darker and even nastier side to it. For every intellectual aggressive atheist you can bet there are two dozen ignorant, boorish and thuggish atheists lurking in their shadow. These are the atheists who won’t argue with you at all. They’ll wear the uniforms, carry the nightsticks and drive the police wagons. They’re ‘Agent Smiths’ who will wear the trench coats, man the listening devices and send in the boys. They’re the guys who will drive the ambulances that take off the believers to mental hospitals.

OK, once again, I’m exagerrating to make my point aren’t I….aren’t I?

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15310965192661014230 Londiniensis

    What the blazes has denying the Theory of Evolution to do with fighting atheism? If such apparently sincere nonsense is truly being wheeled out in serious discussion with atheists, then God help us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I’m afraid I’m no expert on the intelligent design debate, but as I understand it, the ID people are not denying the theory of evolution, but denying that belief in the the theory of evolution necessarily demands atheism. I may be wrong, but I think the ID folks hold a similar position to what used to be called ‘theistic evolution.’

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04905640264743604657 Eric Koz

    I attended the debate and the room was not “evenly divided” as Comfort said. It was rather lopsided against him. And if the crowd finally responding to the repeated lies about Einstein qualify as “nasty” then so be it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09244022673432482636 Matt

    Of course, we know how Round 1 of the battle ended: Stalin and Lenin are rotting in the grave, while churches are being reopened in the former Communist countries. Nietzsche died insane, but the Church is alive and well!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02538161183912665994 Augustine

    The key problem in the theory of Evolution is that one species becomes another. Any scientific theory worth its salt is capable of predicting outcomes, but this nagging feature is unproven.As a matter of fact, genetic mutation is the underlying cause for changes and it posits no “evolution” as that theory does.The theory of Evolution is outdated and has nothing to show, for it doesn’t explain anything that can be measured or anticipated. It’s just a pseudo-scientific creed of atheists in white coats.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t put atheists and scientist on one side of the table and Some God Believers on the opposite side. There’s no ground in between hardcore reality and facts, and irrational belief in gods, angels and what not. It don’t matter if all scientific evidence points to evolution, those bible quoters won’t get a word of it thru their thick skulls.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12124691488327672564 Ben

    You know, guys…in all of the talkback comments I've seen in this thread, I haven't seen one that convinces me atheists aren't an arrogant and thuggish collection of condescending louts. No doubt this is the same crowd of boorish bullies who took delight in heckling Comfort during the debate.If I have to decide between naive delusion and sneering egoism, I'd say the endless years of patronizing attitudes and smug dispositions by "the Proud and the Faithless" have driven me to the former.


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