Friday, October 19, 2007

Fear of an Atheist Planet — again

Coral Ridge Ministries, home of the late D. James Kennedy, has finally figured out a way to unload all that unsold inventory of Kennedy's book Skeptics Answered: whip up fear of the "evangelizing" "crusade" of the "new" atheists.

I think this one might backfire. I actually started to read Skeptics Answered, and I can say that even by the generally low intellectual standards of Christian apologetics, it's a really, really lame and hopelessly dishonest effort. I never finished my fisking of it, unfortunately, but the part I did complete is still online. Contrary to the Coral Ridge e-mail, the book will hardly "arm" believers with "intelligent answers" to atheists' criticisms, and any Christian who tries to use Kennedy's arguments in a debate with an informed and experienced atheist arguer will find himself having his ass handed to him in a most humiliating fashion. Nope, Kennedy doesn't do his flock any favors with this book.

Still, I guess they gotta unload those books somehow.

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