No. I Don’t Want To “Shut Down An Atheist In 15 Seconds Flat!”

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One of my least favorite current trends is the growing number of my Christian friends posting memes, blog posts and videos with headlines like these:

  • “Young Student Humiliates Atheist Professor Who Tried To Tell Him God Isn’t Real!”
  • “This Will Shut Down An Atheist In 15 Seconds Flat!”
  • “A Simple Illustration That Destroys (insert counter-argument here)!”
  • “Mormons get schooled by Christian man!”

Count me out. I don’t want to shut down, humiliate or destroy anyone. Or their argument.

Jesus gave us a better way.

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2 thoughts on “No. I Don’t Want To “Shut Down An Atheist In 15 Seconds Flat!””

  1. A growing number of evangelicals of all ages seem more and more attracted to a steamed default position of “us against them.” Some of my senior friends email me copious amounts of these kinds of “he put that atheist in his place” stories. First, many of theses stories, if fact-checked, turn out to be false or simply anonymous which makes their truthfulness unlikely to me. If you don’t have the courage to identify yourself with what you publish, serious people from every theological or philosophical corner will seldom give credence to your position.
    I find it embarrassing at the least to be associated with intellectually dishonest or cowardly fellow believers. I frankly believe the contentious spirit of many evangelical “defenders of the faith” actually create atheists out of some honest seekers of truth who may have once been open to Christ’s claims—-if they had only been presented in love, patience, and humble intellect.
    Scripture says we are to “speak the truth in love.” That “in love” part is absolutely essential.
    Tom Lanier, pastor
    The Prodigal’s Table
    Boerne, Tx

  2. A growing number of evangelicals of all ages seem more and more attracted to a steamed default position of “us against them.” Some of my senior friends email me copious amounts of these kinds of “he put that atheist in his place” stories. First, many of theses stories, if fact-checked, turn out to be false or simply anonymous which makes their truthfulness unlikely to me. If you don’t have the courage to identify yourself with what you publish, serious people from every theological or philosophical corner will seldom give credence to your position.
    I find it embarrassing at the least to be associated with intellectually dishonest or cowardly fellow believers. I frankly believe the contentious spirit of many evangelical “defenders of the faith” actually create atheists out of some honest seekers of truth who may have once been open to Christ’s claims—-if they had only been presented in love, patience, and humble intellect.
    Scripture says we are to “speak the truth in love.” That “in love” part is absolutely essential.
    Tom Lanier, pastor
    The Prodigal’s Table
    Boerne, Tx

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