Hi All ( @Interested_In_Book_Studies )!
I’m glad to see so many of you enjoying this book and I love seeing our engagement growing with one another! This chapter was a great read and I’m excited to read all of the comments this week!
A quick overview of this chapter – This is the “one less god” argument in which our atheist friends say, “You’re an atheist like me regarding all other gods, I just go one step further in denying your god.” Andy quickly shows how that’s bad reasoning and parodies the argument by denying Mrs. Dawkins, showing how to get government benefits, and even how to escape criminal convictions. Next, he clarifies terms (very, very important) and touches on Contingent beings (created) vs Necessary beings (uncreated). Lastly, he undermines an assumption underlying this argument by showing that not all religions are the same.
So, again, here are some questions for reflection and discussion, as needed:
Has this argument/catchphrase tripped you up before? If so, why so? If not, why not?
All religions tend to ask similar sets of questions; however, they each provide very different answers. And, while we don’t all need to become professional apologists, have you investigated other religions enough to be able to give thoughtful and winsome answers? What are some practical steps you can take by Christmas to become more knowledgeable and engaging?
Which part of this chapter (or book) is grabbing a hold of you and won’t let go? Share it with us and tell us why it’s keeping your attention and tell us how we can come beside you as you grow (specific prayer/additional resources/phone call/etc).
Finally, I wanted to share my favorite quote of the book. It’s from this chapter and I’ve paraphrased it several times in conversation; each time I get a smirk and our conversation deepens:
“It often comes as a shock to many atheists to know that there is surprisingly good evidence for God, not least because many religious folks, in between the book burnings, inquisitions, and causing plague, pestilence, and war that occupy the daylight hours for most of us, have actually spent time thinking.”