This fall I will be teaching a course on apologetics. The question I will ask my students is this:
In March of this year, Richard Dawkins spoke at Washington DC “Reason Rally” which was billed as a rally for the celebration of secular ideas. In his speech, Dawkins encouraged a crowd of up to 30,000 atheists and agnostics to mock Christians for their beliefs. The specific example Dawkins used was an illustration of how he would mock a Roman Catholic.
I find it ironic, that at a rally held to promote the virtue of “reason“, Dawkins’ best argument is to encourage atheists to mock people of faith rather than reason with them.
Clearly then, for some atheists, demeaning others is the path to winning the debate, but is this the right approach for the Christian apologist? Your answer will depend on how you answer the question,