Lacking any original ideas that will get him attention (or ratings), Maher is once again raging against a God he claims not to believe in. His ideas are neither new, nor clever. He is calling Christianity evil.
Unfortunately, because it has been a long time since average Christians have been serious about defending the faith, even the sorry attacks he – and other “New Atheists” — lob our way are putting some believers on their heels.
While it would be easy to ignore him — he couldn’t, after all, hold a candle the intellectually competent atheists from days gone by — he has a following. This means that if his words are left unchallenged, some poor sap might actually think they have substance.
Here’s a short video telling the other side of the story. It’s one among countless resources available debunking juvenile rants such as his. This video will be useful for two kinds of people.
The first group is believers.
Specifically, believers who find rants like these raise real doubts. Doubts are not a problem, not really. They give rise to important questions. They only become a problem if you wuss out and don’t really face the questions they raise.
Don’t assume that questions about Christianity asked today haven’t been asked before. Most of them are nearly as old as Christianity itself. Just like the most popular heresies, they’re remarkably unoriginal. Intellectual honesty would insist on at least hearing how those questions have been handled in the past.
The second group are the skeptics.
Have you accepted, uncritically, the accusations enemies of Christianity have made against it? Have you ever considered how foolish that is?
Would intellectually honest people do that in other situations? Would you ask someone from the Government of North Korea if you wanted to understand, for example, what it meant to be an American? That would be intellectually dishonest, right?
If so, why would you uncritically accept a depiction of Christianity from people who hate it, without looking at Christians says about themselves?