Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet. Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central. In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists).
Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to show that Reagan is a fool and is wrong about God. Just like every other Christian apologist, Creech relies on excerpts from a book that has never been proven to be true to “prove” that Reagan’s assessment of the existence of a deity is false. Wait, what? By that logic, we could also assume that somewhere on earth there’s an island containing remnants of a live dinosaur theme park based on the book Jurassic Park.
Among the ridiculous apologetic nonsense that Creech lays out, he drops this gem:
“Ron Reagan appears to be a remarkably intelligent man. He’s quite articulate. He’s obviously well-educated. Nevertheless, no matter to what degree he excels, he could never be considered a wise man. Psalm 14:1 declares, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'””
It baffles me that religious believers actually think this is sound logic and drives their point home. If I told you that I believed in unicorns, and you told me unicorns don’t exist, you would then laugh your ass off if I replied with, “I have a book written by men but inspired by unicorns that says you’re a fool if you say there are no unicorns. So there.”
To Rev. Creech and those who think along the same lines as him in regard to their view of atheism:
To call someone unwise, just because they don’t subscribe to Bronze Age stories written by men who didn’t know where the sun went at night, is in itself unwise. As we mature in our knowledge of the universe, things that were attributed to a deity in the Bible now have natural explanations. As our knowledge grows, the universe becomes smaller and less scary, and the need for an imaginary deity to explain the unknown fades away.
Instead of doing your best to vilify those who don’t share your beliefs, I challenge you to examine why it is you believe what you do. Shouldn’t more criticism be levied against those who believe in talking snakes and resurrection than those who base their beliefs on the natural world and scientific discovery? In the end, which point of view makes more sense? It’s time to put away our security blankets and construct our worldviews in reality.