You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Him Think (book)
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==Chapter 2a ==
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You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Him Think: Answers to Questions from Angry Skeptics is a 2009 book by Christian apologist Ray Comfort.
In this book, Ray shows a complete misunderstanding or wants to convey an untruthful understanding of Atheism and evolution. He obviously lacks a fact checker as no one even attempts to keep him honest. After reading his first chapter, a few things about Ray become rather clear. He is a mix of the following: A compulsive liar, has no problem with 'lying for jesus', or is completely delusional. Ray seems to be so disgusted with the concept of being evolutionary related to other primates, it could be possible he would reject his own god if it was revealed to Ray that he used evolution as the process for speciation.
Ray likes to compare being an atheist to that of a person playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded firearm. "To be an atheist is to play Russian roulette with all the barrels loaded." This is a faulty analogy for a few reasons. Least important is that Russian roulette is played with a revolver with one loaded chamber not a loaded barrel. It is only russian roulette IF Ray is correct and HIS god is the one that exists.
He says that a person's conscience doesn't speak to point out the wrong tie /shirt color, but this is false. This voice is the same voice that you hear when you are told something is wrong. It is your conscience. He asks where the conscience comes from and implies that it can only come from god, but the conscience is 100% consistent with evolution. Animals have morals to a degree. This is why you only see animals killing others in their own social group under certain circumstances. He then claims that all civilizations know that it is wrong to lie, kill, and steal. This is demonstrably false. Many civilizations thought human sacrifice was acceptable. Others were built on theft and murder (see Hannibal and other tyrants.) He also says every human has a god given conscience, but this is also demonstrably false. The sociopath does not have a conscience. Did god screw him on purpose?
Ray also claims that the scripture is unchanged through the centuries. This is also demonstrably false. Several parts of John are forgeries. Meanings and interpretations were deliberalty changed over the centuries by scribes. The Dead Sea scrolls prove this. They contain many fragments of the bible and show that the bible has changed quite a bit from translations and copies of copies of copies. There are dozens of translations. The KJV has been modified no less than 19 times over the last few centuries. There is no original version of the scriptures to compare the bible to.
Ray refuses to acknowledge that the bible claims the world is flat and circular.
Ray says that christians never lie in testimony. This is demonstrably false as will be proven later. He also claims that judges lend most credence to eyewitness testimony and do not like flowery speeches. This is also untrue. Eyewitness testimony is the least credible of all forms of evidence. This video is a great example of how eye witness testimony should be evaluated. Ray's assertion that christians do not lie is false. There are many who believe that lying for jesus is acceptable.
He also claims that jesus claimed to be god in human form. This is not completely accurate. Jesus never said so in so many words, but may people infer that he made that claim from several passages in the gospels.
In addition, Ray's claims also beg the question of the actual existence of jesus. It can be argued that the jesus of the bible never existed. There are no contemporary documents containing his name of the names of his followers. Several documents written later are proven forgeries (Josephus, the gospel of John, etc.)
Chapter 1 Creation must have a creator
The title of this chapter is one of Ray's favorite arguments. He continues to use it to this day despite it being totally debunked. See Argument from design.
Ray starts off the chapter with a quote from Steven Hawking that is taken totally out of context, making it appear that Hawking believes in a god and that god must have created the universe. This is an example of Ray's habit of quote mining.
Ray claims that evolution is a totally random process. This is demonstrably false and he has been corrected on this issue time and time again. The only random part of evolution are the mutations. The selection processes are not random in the least; they are the antithesis of random. He also claims that if evolution is NOT random, then it is planned and someone (god) must be doing the planning. This is a false dichotomy.
Ray attempts to use a number of misrepresentations to explain what evolutionists believe. He abuses the 'goldilocks zone' and attempts to prove that evolution must fail because we must have been designed for the planet and had the planet designed for us. He fails to understand that we evolved to suit the conditions on the planet and not vice versa. He goes on to also claim that the atheist believes that gravity evolved and is not a property of space-time and that we would not know what to do with water unless his god had told us what to do with it. There are numerous logical fallacies inside his claims.
Ray says that "Creation is absolute proof of a Creator. You cannot have a creation without a Creator. It is impossible ("Then who made God" has a logical answer). End of argument; unless, according to the Bible, you are a fool." But he never does give the 'logical answer' of who made god; he just declares the argument over.
Ray claims he never struggles with doubt in his creator. This is clearly a delusion.
When posed with the fact that his comparison between building / builder and creation / creator is a logical fallacy and an error, he fails to address the error and points to the bible as proof "For every house is built by some man; but he that built al things is God. (Hebrews 3:4)". This is a prime example of circular reasoning.
Ray likes to claim on his blog that he never calls atheists fools. This is demonstrably false. "When an atheist says he sees no evidence that God exists, I take the time to reason with him about creation not being an accident (something atheists do not claim), even though it is intellectually demeaning to have to do so (atheism is the epitome of stupidity)".
Ray says that his brain is an average brain. This is debatable, but beside the point. He is awe struck with his brain's ability to recall events and relive them. He clearly is not aware that memory is not reliable in the least. He says the atheist brain is lacking common sense.
Ray claims to be an atheist is to deny both common reason and logic. But this is clearly false. Atheist revere logic and reason. Ray does not seem to have a basic grasp on what logic and reason is.
Ray claims that atheists call any reference to the bible as proof of god as circular reasoning. He is dismissive, but it does not invalidate the fact that using the bible to prove god is circular reasoning.
In a section called The Asunist HQ, Ray attempts to show that atheist are just a stupid as people who claim there is no Sun. He says:
1) Because a tribe was killed by the sun they deny it's existence. 2) Scientists have searched the NIGHT sky for the sun, but have not found the sun. 3) Entered a pitch black room and read a book about the sun and found no evidence. 4) Confirmed their beliefs by interviewing blind people. 5) Call those that testify as to the existence of the sun liars.
This is just fatuous for so many reasons, but to name a few:
1) The sun can be observed, tested, measured, and quantified. God can't. 2) God has been sought, but never found, even the blind can feel the sun. 3) The claims of believers pertaining to the powers and deeds of god are not testable, but the sun is. 4) There are no people that claim the sun does not exist. There are, on the other hand, billions of people that claim that god does not exist.
Ray claims that if the universe has been around for trillions and trillions of years, the earth would have crumbled to dust despite gravity... he uses this as evidence that god does not need to be created because he is with out beginning or end. He also abuses the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
Later, Ray says that any christian who believes in evolution has created a false idol in the shape of his own 'god'. So, you can't be a real christian unless you totally reject evolution according to Ray.
Ray also claims that Steven Hawking is not an atheist and believes in god but using a few mined quotes. This is false. Hawking is an atheist or agnostic at best.
Ray claims that Atheist hate god because god exists. This is false. Atheists do not hate things that do not exist. They hate the problems that religions have caused all over the world for centuries. They despise the promotion of ignorance and people who scorn reason and rational thought.