Thursday, February 08, 2007
HOT OFF THE SHOW! Wednesday - The Blasphemy Challenge
Well, if you haven't already heard about it...BlasphemyChallenge.com is giving away 1001 DVDs of "The God Who Wasn't There", but there’s only one catch. In order to get a free copy people have to renounce their belief in God, the Holy Spirit, online via a video cam, and upload it to YouTube. On their website they say, “We want your soul. It's simple.” And people are doing it, especially young people. Is this part of the 'new atheism?"
One of the world’s leading atheists has launched an accelerated battle against religion in a new book, The God Delusion. But Oxford’s Richard Dawkins, whose faith in Darwinism is said to be limitless, goes beyond books...he is a major player in the ‘new atheism’ which is aggressively seeking to undo belief in God.
The Rational Response Squad is behind the Blasphemy Challenge, and is an activist network of atheists who say they are fed up with religions dominance on society, and seek to "unite atheists who seek to speak out more often, get involved in blunt discourse, and distribute literature that can increase awareness as to the dangers of dogma." They boast 21,000 members, and a fast-growing youth division organized at FreeThinkingTeens.com. They conducted a War on Christmas giving away free THE GOD WHO WASN'T THERE DVDs to Christians who request them as well as covertly planting DVDs in Christian churches.
They are targeting teens.
On the Blasphemy Challenge website, Fleming writes about the DVD: "BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE did it to the gun culture. SUPER SIZE ME did it to fast food. THE GOD WHO WASN'T THERE does it to religion. A #1 bestselling independent documentary at Amazon.com, THE GOD WHO WASN'T THERE holds Christianity up to a bright spotlight and asks the questions few dare to ask. Starting off by exploring the case that Jesus never actually existed."
Hello? there's just too much history that documents the life of Jesus Christ that this statement doesn't deserve a rebuttal except to say it's completely false.
QUOTES BY RICHARD DAWKINS ATHEIST AND OXFORD PROFESSOR:
"I don't want to sound callous. I mean, even if I have nothing to offer, that doesn't matter, because that still doesn't mean that what anybody else has to offer therefore has to be true."
"I doubt that religion can survive deep understanding. The shallows are its natural habitat. Cranks and fundamentalists are too often victimised as scapegoats for religion in general. It is only quite recently that Christianity reinvented itself in non-fundamentalist guise
"Who will say with confidence that sexual abuse is more permanently damaging to children than threatening them with the eternal and unquenchable fires of hell?"
"We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realise that we are apes."
"Religious people split into three main groups when faced with science. I shall label them the "know-nothings", the "know-alls", and the "no-contests""
"For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria."
"What are all of us but self-reproducing robots? We have been put together by our genes and what we do is roam the world looking for a way to sustain ourselves and ultimately produce another robot child."
"It is almost as if the human brain were specifically designed to misunderstand Darwinism, and to find it hard to believe.."
"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."
“We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can't disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But, like those other fantasies that we can't disprove, we can say that God is very very improbable.”
Lots of other information on the show today including another professor who once was a Christian...until he went to Princeton theological seminary. Plus comments from 'on the street' people about the subject.
You can still hear it online...
Hear the show (See 2/7/07)