The challenge today comes from an episode of The Atheist Experience, a cable-access TV show in Austin, TX:
And why would you believe anything on faith? Faith isn’t a pathway to truth. Every religion has some sort of faith people take things on – you know, if faith is your pathway, you can’t distinguish between Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, any of these others. How is it that you use reason as a path to truth in every endeavor of your life, and then when it comes to the ‘ultimate truth’ – the most important truth – you’re saying that faith is required? And how does that reflect on a God who supposedly exists and wants you to have this information? What kind of God requires faith instead of evidence?…
Try as I might and pray as hard as I could, no answer comes. No evidence is forthcoming. And when I talk to people about this, the only answer they ever offer is the one you did, which is ‘Well, you just got to have faith.’ Well sorry, I don’t. Well I’m not sorry that I don’t, I’m sorry for others that think that I should have because faith is not a virtue. Faith is gullibility. It’s evidence that determines whether or not your perception of reality is reasonable and in conjunction with the world as it is.
So how would you respond if a friend were to bring this up? What would you have to say to him about faith and Christianity? Alan will be taking this one on, so give us your ideas and we’ll hear from him on Thursday.