Quick Shot: “Atheists believe in just one less God than Christians”

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Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot: “As a Christian, you dismiss all the other gods of history for the same reason I reject the God of Christianity. As an atheist, I believe in just one less God than you.”

Response #1:
“That would be a powerful statement if all the other gods of history were equally reasonable, similarly documented or equally supported by the evidence. But that isn’t the case. If you examine the evidential support or the manuscript accounts related to every other god described in history, you’ll find the evidence for Yahweh is vastly superior. I don’t blame you for rejecting the case for the mythological gods of history. I also reject those claims. But make no mistake about it, the case for the God of the Bible is dramatically different and considerably more reliable. Have you examined all the evidence that validates the claims of the Bible?”

I don’t blame people for rejecting the case for the mythological gods of history. But make no mistake about it, the case for the God of the Bible is dramatically different and considerably more reliable. Click To Tweet

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Response #2:
“Imagine I’m investigating a homicide and based on the evidence I conclude that a certain suspect is the killer. At the trial, the defense attorney asks the jury to reject the evidence pointing to his client as the killer by saying, ‘Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you dismiss all the other citizens of our community as the killer for the same reason I reject my client. As his attorney, I believe in just one less suspect than you.’ Can you see how silly this response would be? Yes, there are many possible candidates for the suspect in the case, but only one is evidentially reasonable. It doesn’t matter how many other possible suspects there are – it simply matters that one of them is implicated by the evidence. Can you see why the evidence for the God of the Bible would matter more than the number of alternative ‘suspects’?”

It doesn’t matter how many possible suspects there are – it simply matters that one of them is implicated by the evidence. The evidence for the God of the Bible matters more than the number of alternative ‘suspects’. Click To Tweet

Our “Quick Shot” series was written specifically for the Cold-Case Christianity App (you can download it on Apple and Android platforms – be sure to register once you download the App). When confronted with an objection in casual conversation, App users can quickly find an answer without having to scroll beyond the first screen in the category. Use the App “Quick Shots” along with the “Rapid Responses” and Case Making “Cheat Sheets” to become a better Christian Case Maker.

For more information about the scientific and philosophical evidence pointing to a Divine Creator, please read God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe. This book employs a simple crime scene strategy to investigate eight pieces of evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable explanation. The book is accompanied by an eight-session God’s Crime Scene DVD Set(and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.

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