Thursday, September 07, 2006
[top: Christian mosaic bottom: Charles Darwin]
Ask an atheist:If there is no god, where did life come from?
If he answers “Evolution created it.” tell him that complex living systems cannot spontaneously grow from simple chemicals and simple animals cannot spontaneously give birth to more complex animals. Therefore evolution is obviously wrong.
If he answers “I don’t know.” ask him “Aren’t you just trying to avoid reaching the obvious conclusion; that a higher power created you and you may owe him something?”
If he asks "Who created God?" answer "God by definition is eternal and needs no creator."
If he says "Religion just doesn't interest me. I'm agnostic." Tell him that it should. If his life does in fact have some cosmic meaning and purpose, wouldn't it be a tragedy to live and die without discovering it?
Ask a Christian:
How do you know that the authors of the New Testament didn’t just make up all the stories about Jesus? Maybe he wasn’t really born in Bethlehem, didn’t heal the sick, didn’t return from death. Maybe his followers just fabricated it all.
If he answers “Millions of people believe it; it must be true.” Answer that millions believe in Islam and Buddhism, but of course as he will agree they are wrong.
If he asks “How do you know that Judaism is true? Maybe someone made it up.” Answer that Judaism is based on the tradition of an entire nation which could not be falsified. A large community of people could not unanimously conspire to create a religion. Christianity is based on the testimony of a few individuals.
If he says "Christianity makes me happy, therefore I believe." tell him that it is foolish to devote his life to something which is obviously a scam.
Ask a Moslem or Buddhist:
The same thing you ask a Christian, just modified appropriately.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 10:09 AM