Ray Comfort on the Atheist Experience

After trouncing TGA for best Atheist Podcast, AE goes out and celebrates by getting Ray Comfort on their show. I stand defeated, as Matt does easily with poor old Ray. Good job guys!

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    BlueIndependent

    I listened to this episode last night. It’s about as cordial an exchange as I think anyone that disagrees with Ray is likely to have with him. Which is to say, it was quite a bit so. But don’t anyone think Ray’s changing his tune, ever. He’s plenty fine to just have things the way he sees them – by his own open admission – and to cherry-pick the Bible at will while assuming its New Testament premise is the truest single thing in the known universe. What is his measuring stick for all this? “Common sense,” he says.

    You saw it here first people: An honest, direct set of questions for RC, without yelling, screaming, and name-calling, in which he flagrantly shoos away the pesky arrows of reality as if they were flies on his food. This is how deeply religion can taint peoples’ minds, especially if they’re waiting for an eternal reward for their spent effort.

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    Rob El

    Have you considered uniting forces with them a la Ask an Atheist (they present themeselves as a “sister show to the AE”)?

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    Brittany

    Ok so I listen to both podcasts, and while I do congratulate the Atheist Experience for their win, I have to atleast have to tell you guys that you are far superior when it comes to likeability and comic relief… Which, for most atheists, is more beneficial than debating existance of a god. When I’ve had a stressful day, I’d much rather have my Good Atheist crack than more fighting on the Atheist Experience. =) Keep up the good work, guys.

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    xmaseveeve

    Superb. Brilliant advocacy really pinned this old fraud down (and an examination in chief rather than cross examination, making him get hoist by his own petard).

    An absolute joy to watch, really – worthy of Stephen Fry. Also looked good that you didn’t both gang up on him – just one, usually, asking the questions. Well done.

    The Bile scientifically true, my arse! Rayboy should hide down a hole for a while. He can have Saddam Hussein’s.

    Does this guy seriously think he could debate Richard Dawkins? (I’d love to see it – a modern version of throwing a Christian to the lions? This man is walking to them with his head held high.) I say bring it on!

    I love you guys – you make life worthwhile. My favourite bit was when you asked him what he thought of explicit biblical endorsment of slavery. Like a cartoon character who is as yet unaware that he has cycled off a cliff, he thought to himself, ah, we know that atheists always ask this, so here’s my prepared answer, then you pulled the celestial rabbit out of the hat. You had double-thought a doublethinker. I think it was the best verbal trap I ever saw! Gotcha! Get in the garbage sack.

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    HB

    I don’t have much time, but I’d like to also agree that this interview was a very good one. Very good rebuttals by our good non-believers. I genuinely feel sorry for Ray Comfort if he truly believes all that he stated. He was clearly cornered and devoured. Did anyone near the end catch Ray’s defense mechanism at full force? Something to the effect that, “It’s not me saying this, it’s God.” I have yet to hear the voice of any god, so far as I can tell, and isn’t that the point of “finding god?” If I can’t distinguish what is god and what is not (i.e., that there is no [evidence for] god), then who’s fault is it? It certainly isn’t mine. If any god(s) want a relationship with me, I require they make an appointment with my consciousness, and I’d like to also have witnesses, etc.

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    HB

    And even if a “god” or gods showed its/themselves to me, should I believe that this entity/entities are in fact a god(s)? This is where I will recommend Arthur C. Clarke’s three laws, primarily number three.

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    Aridawn

    They were totally awesome! But, of course, as we all expected, Ray is claiming victory. However, based on the fact that he admitted several things (like that he doesn’t know what “species” are and that he has no idea how evolution works, which we all knew anyway, without him admitting it). My favorite part was when he said that he doesn’t take things like that on blind faith. Crazy man.

    I also was wondering if you saw this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMnAmRa4NYw

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    Razzle

    I’m not sure if he’s stupid or just super self-justifying, maybe some of both?

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    Janet M

    You know what really picks me is how completely ignorant so many of these people are to what evolution actually is. They obviously have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to that (as with many things…) yet they continue to argue about it. You could say there is even more evidence for it than the theory of plate tectonics, but they accept that theory without a huge fuss. It amazes me how these people can simply say “show me the evidence” and when you do it is completely ignored. I think reading Dawkins’ The Greatest show on earth is what they should be reading in schools, even for the non science kids.

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    Razzle

    I kinda feel like Ray knows what evolution is, but concludes that it must be ultimately wrong because it conflicts with a biblical view, which he assumes is right. He could rationalize it as science concensus changes all the time, so one day it will conclude evolution to be a myth.

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    nick

    As I listened I recognised something I’ve spotted with delusional religious people before. They can take all the reasonable arguments but as soon as one encroaches on their unreasonable belief it is a though they have a knot in their mind which rejects the heinous thought. It is like an early warning system that spots an idea that might upset and says “DANGER DANGER! Don’t think about that, just reject it!”

    No amount of reasoning with such a person can undo these knots. Only the person themselves can do that. I strongly think that the whole point of our arguments is to allow those willing to ‘undo the knots’ tools and help for doing so.

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    Pentimental

    What Comfort knows or doesn’t know about Science is immaterial. What is material is what Comfort knows about separating the sheep from their wool. He may be woefully ignorant, willfully ignorant, or completely cognizant of the veracity of prevailing Science, but it matters naught, for all that matters is his ability to tell his financiers what they need to hear.

    Keep the tithe coming at all costs. This is the true motivation of Comfort (ably numb). He can proclaim victory in this interview because he most certainly will receive increased tax free funds to fight the evil heathen horde.

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    carmelo

    I love the way you athiests dribble, its really entertaining. You have no idea what it means to find the simplicity that is found in Christ. No idea of the corrupted and false teachings that have spread like a cancer into Christianity that is warned about over and over by Christ himself and the letters in the new testament.
    I really like athiests now as you do help to expose the erroneous doctrines within the walls of Christianity that having nothing to do with the Gospel and message that Christ taught.
    You all sit in your comfortable fairy tale western society houses with to much food that most of you need to go on diets living your lives of luxury.
    Come with me to the slums of Kenya, Nigeria or China away from your big fat personal gain corrupted television evangelists, Christian cults and Liberals who only shame Christ and experience The truth found in Christ once you have met true believers in Christ. I’ve been studying you lot for a while and until you have the ability to sieve through 90% of the garbage that has crept into Western Christianity you will never ever know what your talking about, never.
    At the very least thank you for being a part of what the greatest Christian reformers did and that was help flush out everything that Jesus told would creep into the church like a cancer that is none other than falsehood.
    Heres a tip for you athiests to help you graduate from your kidergrten knowledge of true Christianity – At least find out what this actually means:
    For the time will come when men (christians) will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

    By the way why don’t you get William Lane Craig on your athiest experience and other shows or are you all as gutless as dawkins and run away.

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    Aptwo

    @Carmelo,

    How do you know that they don’t let so and so on their show? if who ever want to call in they can freely call in… there is no pre-screening on any these calls.

    Seriously, you religious nuts just like to play the victim.

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