My wife and I have been discussing writing about the title of this 2009 book for some time, but honestly, words fail us, and we’re both prolific writers. What were they thinking? Oh wait, they were accusing their intended audience of not thinking. Here’s the publisher marketing for Ray Comfort’s You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think: Answers to Questions from Angry Skeptics –
There is a new breed of atheist which our educational system is pumping out like mad. These are militant atheists who have an agenda to eliminate Christianity from the face of the earth. Believers are in a war and we need powerful weapons to “fight the good fight of faith.” This book reveals not just the weakness of the atheists’ arguments and the solid foundation on which the Christian stands, but does so with humor and warmth. Few books take the time to address the atheist’s conscience. By way of a lively Q&A format, “You Can Lead an Atheist” gives empirical evidence for the existence of God. Not only that, this book shows the existence of God can be proven and anyone can do it!
Fine. But do you need to be totally condescending in the book’s title? The subtitle is interesting, too. Angry skeptics? Maybe the reason they’re angry is because you just called them stupid.
I’m sorry, but as much as I agree with the existence of God, as an atheist I would be totally offended by that title, and as a Christian… I am totally offended by it as well.
If I’ve learned anything from discussions with skeptics, agnostics and atheists, it’s that they are not lacking in any critical faculties. Thinking? Maybe they think too much, but last time I checked having intellectual doubts was not a crime. I hated the book’s title when it was released four years ago, and I hate it now.