I heard this kind of challenge being made by atheist John Loftus the other day on an Unbelievable podcast, so I thought I would pose it to you. A little search on the internet brought up this comment from an atheist that states the challenge succinctly:
You wouldn’t BE a Christian if you were raised in another country. You would be a Muslim or a Hindu or a Sikh or a Buddhist and you would be saying EXACTLY the same thing about Christianity that you are asserting about other beliefs (or lack thereof) right now. What does that tell you about how your religion works? Did the reasoning of your religion earnestly call it to you or were you culturally indoctrinated at a very young age to believe what you do now?
Before answering this one, it’s important to figure out what this objector’s hidden assumptions are–that is, what is he assuming that he hasn’t stated directly? Sometimes the hidden points are even more important to address than the stated ones. Now what in his actual comment would you want to address? What questions would you ask? Is there an illustration or analogy you could use to make your answer more clear? We look forward to hearing your ideas! Be back here on Thursday to hear Brett’s response.