Tonight I got sidetracked viewing YouTube postings of Richard Dawkins snappy responses to stupid questions and I discovered something. There is a huge discrepancy between the number of people looking for comfort from the Christian Evangelical viewpoint and the Christians looking for a way to dispute and embarrass Atheists. Search for 'Dawkins' and look at the view counts of some of his snippets of videos answering questions about God. One for a speech he gave at a women's college near Liberty University had well over a million views! The question an audience member posed was "What if you are wrong?". By contrast the number of views of Christian originated videos refuting atheism were lucky to earn 25,000 views!
What does this say? It says that Christians are making a huge difference because if their arrows weren't hitting their mark in day to day life the atheists would never need to seek the balm of videos of Dawkins making smartypants, shallow, Biblically illiterate comedy answers. Answers always followed with tons of laughter from audiences with itching ears.
The sad part is if the scene was traded; if the audience were filled with Christians and Dawkins or another leading atheist were at the podium there would be sincere concern for souls to be won and that's serious business. We wouldn't laugh at atheists and make fun of them and minimize them and trivialize them and marginalize them.
The issue in our society was well defined in a recent newsletter from the Ravi Zacharias International ministry:
"In fact, long before theology was ushered out of the public square, out of politics, economics, and the sciences, it was considered to be the highest science, the study of the rational Mind behind our own rational minds. It was the discipline that made sense of every other discipline, the subject that united every subject. Such a perspective is inherently foreign to the contemporary mindset. But it cannot be shooed away like a meddling religion or deferred like an unwanted question without dismissing some sense of cohesion—and without dismissing Christ himself. His very life is a refutation of compartmentalized thought, belief, and action. His cross was neither public nor private; it spanned both, and every century following its own." (Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. )
The real answer that Mr. Richard Dawkins should have given the student is "If I'm wrong then I will be eternally separated from the creator I thought didn't exist. I will be sent to a place where my sins will be played back to me forever and I will be tormented forever and long for a single drop of water and I will want to warn everyone of this place." That would've been the braver more intellectual more scholarly researched answer but he's a naughty little smart-mouthed boy. He gets paid to help fellow atheists feel good about themselves and make Christians appear like foolish half-wits. Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mmskXXetcg
Probably his most embarrassing remark is his statement that because the questioner is American she is Christian and that if she were from India she would be Hindu. I felt sorry for his ignorance and I wish there was something I could do for him.
YouTube is all about entertainment and the true intellectual thermometer of our country and our world is read by just scanning down a few comments. Vocabularies are so limited that very soon you find yourself descending into a middle school toilet stall range of intellect. I say this because of view counts. They are like an unofficial poll of what interests our students, what interests our public, and where their focus is.
Richard Dawkins is afraid to read the book of Ecclesiastes because it would be too threatening so how could he ever make it to Acts Chapter 9? God only knows because to Him all things are possible.
Here is another intellectually embarassing video. When people produce dialogue like this I just can't bear to hear it all because it reveals so much ignorance. It takes a lifetime to clear up those questions with real answers that God gave us thousands of years ago and this poor fellow doesn't have a lifetime left. But look it earned 5 million views! Compare that to videos from the evangelical point of view. Lucky to get 2,000 views.
It isn't circular logic to go to ancient scriptures to look for answers to modern questions. If I were asked for the phone number of the nearest Dominoes Pizza I might go to Superpages.com. You ask me "How do you know that number is for Dominoes Pizza?" I tell you "Because Superpages.com told me so."
There are a few things atheists can't explain away and Nick Vujicic is one of them. I don't think the Randolph-Macon Women's college would ever invite him to speak. There just isn't enough intellectual bravery there.