Thinking Out Loud

September 7, 2013

Apologetics Fail: Berating Your Audience

Filed under: apologetics — Tags: , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:17 am

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

You Can Lead an Atheist To EvidenceThere 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.



  1. Apparently the author of his book use the very same kind of arrogant and hateful rhetorics employed by the New Atheists themselves. A vicious circle of hatred is taking place. This has prompted me to start my blog where I encourage debates between people having many standpoints.

    I’d love to interact with you too in the future :=)

    Lovely greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    Comment by lotharson — September 8, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    • I am not promoting my own person. I am a faillible individuals with strengths and weaknesses but I felt the calling to write down all my reasonings and open questions.

      I do want to improve and correct my ideas in the are where I’m wrong.

      Lovely greetings from Europe.

      Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

      Comment by lotharson — September 8, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    • There is a lot of polarization on both sides, but there are also people on both sides who are willing to sit down and have the conversation. Last year at this time a group rented a meeting room in a local library here for that very purpose, meeting every other Thursday night for two hours. The discussion was both civil and stimulating. It can be done.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 8, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

      • Yep! It depends on their willingness to follow the Golden Rule.

        Many groups of militant atheists constantly resort to emotional bullying and even mobbing.
        And they delude themselves into thinking that in the position of their victims, they would like to be treated like that.

        Lovely greetings from Europe.

        Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

        Comment by lotharson — September 8, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  2. I have no problem with the title of the book. It is a true statement. Yes, it will insult some people, but that is okay. Jesus was not afraid of offending people. The current Christian climate is too easily scared off when unbelievers are offended. I am sure that Ray Comfort is not trying to insult people for the sake of it. He will simply be trying to stimulate people into thinking about serious matters of life. I don’t think you should be so offended by the title either. Ray Comfort is a brother in Christ who sincerely wants lost people to meet Jesus Christ and so receive life. I respect him for his courage in evangelism.

    Comment by Craig Bell — September 13, 2013 @ 6:19 am

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