April 8, 2011

Atheist Standards of Morality - Part 1

Edit: Tweaked for wording.

Buon giorno. Part 2 of this set should be up in a week or two, when the audio becomes available. I had some nice talks on the radio with an apologist...

But never mind about that now. One of the apologetics podcasts that I hear is Greg Koukl on "Stand to Reason". He is yet another former atheist turned apologist for the Christian faith. He has a radio show, and gives monologues as well as receives calls (presumably from people who have not insulted his family online like they have done to other podcasters). They have materials for defending the faith. Greg and his fellow apologists give lectures, have debates, write articles, are staunch pro-lifers — you know, busy.

Here is a section from the podcast for April 3, 2011. I did not want to have you wait through the fishing stories and other materials; Greg has almost three hours that he does each week, so there are less intense discussions as well.

Anyway. This discussion with a caller touched on some experiences I have had with atheists in the past year. The caller said that some atheists equate Jesus with terrorism, and Christians with terrorists. On one Weblog, a cafone called me a "child abuser" when I said that I gave out gospel tracts on Halloween! Said his kids had enough problems with their "self-esteem" without thoughts of God. (With a father like that, I'm not surprised.) Well, Greg shows the essential silliness of such atheists' charges.

From there, he also pointed out that it is not the duty of a Christian to defend mischaracterization of our views (which is very similar to the common "Straw Man" fallacy that atheists love to employ). Why should we have to defend a wrong view?

Recently, I had an incident where an atheist could not grasp a concept. He claimed that I had insulted his wife. I pointed out that (presuming that he was correct in the first place), to be consistent with his Godless, "no objective morality" view, he should respect my morality because there are no moral absolutes. By saying, "That's not right", he is appealing to an ultimate, higher source; he was appealing to God.

Greg and his caller talked on a parallel track to my experiences. This talk extended to the topic of the atheist rulers who were responsible for the murders of millions of people.

"But Cowboy Bob, they did not do their murders in the name of atheism!"

Greg pointed out — nah, you have to hear it. The audio is less than fifteen minutes long. I thought it was so good, I heard it three times:

April 7, 2011

CARM - Discussion with a Deist

Buona sera. In a repeat (archived) program, Matt Slick of CARM spent most of the hour with a caller who was a deist (ninety percent atheist). This was a good discussion. While I do not necessarily agree with all of Matt's Calvinist positions, I do like the way he was sparking the caller to examine his own logic and presuppositions. Since it was not an actual structured debate, the topic wandered a bit. They spent some time on eternal punishment and damnation, and also touched on the reliability of the Bible. Intelligent people will find it interesting. Also, it shows that Matt is not a monster if callers are not obstreperous, capcie? You can find the broadcast here.

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