Ray Comfort, Evangelist and Producer of The Atheist Delusion

Ray Comfort is the founder and CEO of Living Waters. He’s written dozens of books, co-hosted “The Way of the Master” with Kirk Cameron, and produced several movies including Audacity and Evolution vs. God. He recently released Fat Chance (subtitle: Why Pigs Will Fly Before America has an Atheist President) and the movie The Atheist Delusion.

Rather than have a debate about God’s existence, Ray and I spoke about whether Christians must accept a literal interpretation of Genesis, what he thinks will happen if atheists are elected to political office, and what might change his mind about Christianity.

Also: Crocoducks.

Notes:

If you have no idea what the Crocoduck is, here’s your introduction.

My review of The Atheist Delusion was not kind.

Here’s my assessment of the Reason Rally.

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  • Reply Craig Fine August 15, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I hate it when Christians say, “I have a relationship with god”. I will explain what I mean…

    One Cannot Have a Relationship With a Dead Person, period.
    Anyone who has lost someone close to them knows what it means to have a relationship with a deceased individual. The “relationship” is not a relationship at all but a remembering of the individual and our own feelings about them. This is the only way one can meaningfully claim to have a relationship with a dead person.

    It is not uncommon for someone who has lost a loved one to hear the person’s voice or even see them from time-to-time. But this is not a relationship. This is simply an example of what our minds can do. The person is not “out there,” but in our own minds.

    Jesus is no different. It is natural for believers to report feeling that they are interacting with Jesus, but those without schizophrenia generally recognize that the interaction is occurring through their own minds. This may be interpreted as a spiritual experience, but it isn’t exactly a personal relationship with another party.

    Your Relationship With Jesus is a Relationship With Yourself…
    The relationship you think you have with Jesus may be important, and you may even derive some benefits from it. However, it is not Jesus that you have a relationship with but your idea of Jesus. You have synthesized everything you’ve been taught about Jesus from your family, your church, your bible, and your culture into a concept of Jesus that is similar to that of others but not quite identical. In this sense, religious worship is a form of self-love.

    The good news is that this makes you part of an even larger whole than you may have previously recognized. What we have described here is something that all humans do, including persons of all religious faiths and even atheists. You may attach religious labels to this while we do not, but really, we’re all in this together. We are all on the same journey, struggling to understand ourselves, our worlds, and the interface between the two.

    So no, you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. But nobody does. Instead, you are a human facing the same struggles we all face and coping the best you can. Do not fear this; celebrate it!

  • Reply CCTakato August 15, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I’m not sure why Ray Comfort thinks making absurd “comedic” metaphors is the best way to share the gospel of Christ. I’ve never known anyone be converted to Christianity from these arguments and I feel like most mainstream evangelical Christians are not even aware of Comforts existence. It just seems like if you have to spend half of your argument explaining it’s just a joke while at the same time wanting it to be treated as a serious metaphor then you’ve really lost the argument at that point.

    • Reply Craig Fine August 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      You have clearly lost the argument when you have to jump through hoops, metaphors and context to justify why you don’t have ANY evidence for your beliefs. Period.

      Why go any further, you either have evidence, or you don’t. There isn’t any ambiguity here.

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