I’ve tuned into KKMS, although to be honest, I lost all respect for these evangelical radio cretins when they had that Simmons “debate” and left me out. We’ll have to see if their guest’s attempts to criticize atheists in their absence will be as effective.
I’m trying to grade exams while simultaneously listening — it’s like listening with half my brain tied behind my back.
The host claims that it is important to understand the perspective of the “New” Atheists…so why are they inviting this Aikman clown on, instead of an actual atheist?
Aikman claims the atheists are bringing “pestilence”, and claims that we only pick on Christians (what? What about Hitchens?) because Christians are so good and kind and generous and won’t blow them up. We’re already in stupid territory: the atheists criticize Christians because they are the dominant element in our culture.
We get some whining about how Christianity is portrayed in the media (ubiquitously?), and an uncontested claim that the religion is a benefit to society.
So far, I’m still waiting to hear a real criticism of atheism and atheists.
Oh, yeah…”I used to be an atheist”. I knew he’d say that eventually. It’s amazing how 99% of the evangelical world seems to have been godless, once.
Now we get another predictable claim: atheists have done all the evil of the 20th century, and communists and Pol Pot get dragged out.
Another predictable point: there is no basis for atheist morality. To which I always wonder, if there is no god, then there must be no basis for Christian morality either.
These guys are completely clueless. This isn’t an exercise in learning more about the New Atheists, it’s 3 ignoramuses making up stuff with one another.
Good — August Berkshire called in to criticize, and hit them with a good question: if god is a source of morality, what is the Christian position on the death penalty? On contraception? Would you believe the Aikman clown tried to claim that the death penalty is not a moral issue? The DJs tried to run away and claim that their belief in the crucifixion is the core of their belief…which is not a moral issue, either. Aikman tries to dig up Hitler, and claims everything is about the basis of morality, while avoiding the simple fact that Christianity does not provide simple moral guidance.
Berkshire throws their own claim that the ten commandments are the basis of morality by pointing out that the punishments for violating most of those rules was death. When they try to duck and weave by saying they don’t follow the Old Testament rules anymore, Berkshire hammers on the obvious fact that there has been a rather substantial change in the treatment of moral issues.
Another caller: Jeff from Maple Grove, who babbles a bunch of apologetics for the Old Testament. God Hates Sin. He didn’t change his mind! Dear dog, I’m feeling my brain leaking away as I listen to these idiots.
Now Damon in Las Vegas calls in. Points out that atheists can’t disprove the Christian god, but Christians can’t disprove the other gods, but dismiss them — how do they do that? Aikman answers (?) that Christians believe they can have a relationship with god mediated through Jesus, and that the historical evidence for Jesus is strong, and then makes up a bunch of bullshit about evidence for the resurrection (making it up all the way). Then he claims again that he used to be an atheist.
He doesn’t answer the question!
Bob calls in to address August, and again, he claims god didn’t change, the people did. August clearly hit a nerve with that one.
Tony (Toni?) calls in to explain that she lost her Catholic faith and is an atheist, and her old associates all think she’s going to burn in hell. She asks how a loving and just god could do that. Aikman chickens out and refuses to answer. The DJs try to dig into her Catholic background, and then basically tells her to accept it, and that you have to be perfect to live forever, and that’s Jesus’s gift…they’re essentially telling her that she gets to burn in Hell. Aikman butts in and tells her to read Strobel. Strobel! That guy is awful.
I must apologize for mentioning this radio show to everyone. It’s pathetic. It’s three buffoons babbling on the air. I didn’t learn a thing about atheism (how could I? They had no knowledge between them), but I was reminded once again how foolish theology is.