Refutation of “Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith Leader’s Guide: An Evangelism Crash Course” by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort
Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith Leader’s Guide: An Evangelism Crash Course is a book authored by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, published in 2009. It’s content and goal is to provide Christian readers with the tools to “overcome their fear and talk about their faith with friends, neighbors, coworkers and even strangers!”
This article will provide a thorough walk through analysis and criticism of this book. We will discover Kirk Cameron is no better of a honest man as his partner Ray Comfort.
Chapter 1: What Peter Feared
The chapter begins with a story of Ray Comfort and a unknown Christian woman codenamed “Fran.” Fran was planning to have an abortion, Ray Comfort claims he rushed to the hospital to convince her not to go through with it, but upon arriving he discovered that she changed her mind and said she prayed to God “God, if you don’t want me to have an abortion, make Ray Comfort come up and see me.”
Ray Comfort then says that he will never ever vote for anyone who would advocate abortion, and he urges his readers and his listeners to do the same. Ray claims “our nation kills 50 million of it’s citizens through abortion.”
Also, the U.S. kills 50 million of it’s “citizens”? Nice word play to make it sound like it already has rights. The question of when does life start has not even been addressed anywhere here. Does the nation even consider them “citizens”? If they did, why doesn’t the census ever count them? Why is it that no mother why has a miscarriage ever have a funeral?
What is being ignored is that the mother has rights too. And under the Constitution, she has a legal right to a safe abortion. Ray Comfort may by apologetically anti-abortion, which is easy for him because he will never have to endure pregnancy, and yet he feels his views should override the personal decisions of ann individual mother.
Even Ray Comfort agrees that peoples opinions change. Often, Ray uses an argument of giving a person a choice of either two gifts: a handful of diamonds or a glass of water. Ray’s argument goes like this: “If I were to offer you a fist full of diamonds or a glass of cool clean water, which would you choose? The diamonds obviously, because no one in their right mind wouldn’t. But if you found yourself crawling through a desert, your lips are blistered, your tongue is swollen, and you are dying of thirst. And if I was to offer you a glass of cool clean water or a fistful of diamonds, you would despise the diamonds and say give me the water or I would die. that is what is called circumstantial priorities. Your priorities will change according to the circumstances.” (Source: “The Greatest Gamble” by Ray Comfort) This can very well be the case regarding abortion: it really depends on the circumstances. Certain things, like wanting diamonds or having abortions, are not always settled in absolute terms.
Ray goes on to say “In this matter of abortion, we are no different from the crimes of Nazi Germany committed during the Holocaust.”
The U.S. government is not ”mandating” that women have abortions, as the Third Reich ”ordered” the extermination of Jews and other classes of people. The systematic slaughter of an entire race of people connected by characteristics, community and culture is actually 180 degrees the opposite of randomly unconnected women choosing to exercise their legal right to terminate a pregnancy that they neither want nor can emotionally or financially support. Trying to compare the two insults both victims of the Holocaust AND women, because it assumes that the value of their already established lives and self determination is the same as that of a ball of cells.
A final problem is that comparing legalized abortion to the Holocaust implies that the U.S. government deserves the same fate as Nazi Germany – namely, to be overthrown by force. And that’s a logical conclusion few if any anti-abortion activists are going to make.
An Even Bigger Wake Up Call
Basically, Ray Comfort says if you love this nation, you must get over your fears and evangelize.
In other words, if you “love America” you must get out there and spread the virtue of glorifying ignorance (faith) and preach a religion that has no facts whatsoever and has proven over and over again to be wrong.
Where is Jesus sitting?
In sum, Ray says there are a lot of lousy Christians out there because they do other things than evangelize.
Where Are You In This Story?
Ray claims (as a matter of fact) that Jesus controlled the storm, raised the dead and turned water to wine. Ray talks about the Crucifixion story, and asks the readers if they would have been a disciple or Judas.
No proof whatsoever that a man did any of these acts, let alone there being no historical evidence for Jesus Christ.
Chapter 2: Irksome Words that Convict
Kirk begins with telling a short story of him and his wife having a bird feeder. The bird feeder attracts the hungry birds, so Kirk compares the Cross to a bird feeder, because it brings the ones hungry for salvation to the truth. However, the cross is not an easy path, and many try to avoid the pain that comes with it.
A symbol of gruesome torture attracts people to salvation? Salvation from what? Who says humans need salvation? Where is their proof?
Kirk Cameron has spent (and wasted) a great deal of his life trying to persuade people that they badly need salvation, but every time he fails to provide any proof that they need salvation, let alone that there really is any salvation.
Kelly O’Connor: If God can be infinite, why can’t the universe be infinite?
Kirk Cameron: Well, we believe God is infinite and dwells in eternity and has revealed the fact that he has created the universe.
Kelly O’Connor: and you were supposed to provide scientific proof for your beliefs, but we have not seen a shred of it.
(Debate on Nightline, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron against Brian Sapient and Kelly O’Connor of the Rational response Squad)
Kirk Cameron states that humans need salvation from “God” – but he has already admitted that he only believes there’s a God. Sorry Kirk, merely believing (no matter how hard or for how long) does not make it real or true. Anyone can try to believe as much as they want that the Earth is flat, but despite their convictions the Earth is still a spherical planet.
Kirk marvels in the wonders of the birds, claiming they were specially created by god. “As Christians, we often talk about such wonders of creation that reveal the genius of our wonderful Creator. However, to reach a godless world with the gospel, we can’t confine ourselves to preaching the pleasantries of intelligent design. We must preach the intelligent ”Designer”. We are to preach the ”person” of Jesus Christ.” Kirk then uses several gospel verses to make it appear Jesus Christ created everything.
In other words: in order to reach the nonbelievers and persuade them to believe impossible nonsense through lies and illogical fallacies, we must emphasize on the unproven and illogical being we pretend that exists.
Preach the “person” of Jesus Christ all you like, but first start at square one and present some historical contemporary proof that he even existed as you believe he did. Or you can go back even further, and provide even one iota of proof that the Earth or life was “intelligently designed” – or in, in the context of biblical creationism, was created by pure magic.
Kirk says that the Holy Spirit must guide us, since religious apologetics alone may turn people like Peter to cutting off ears. According to Kirk, the Holy Spirit is not widely detected amongst the vast Christian community. Kirk says they make decisions based on mans wisdom over the Holy Spirit and the power of God. Kirk calls these people “almost unreachable” since they believed they are saved when really they are not. They may believe in God, accepted Jesus, but they do not feel the power of God in their lives. Therefore, Kirk encourages religious apologetics, but also calls for people to have a religious experience.
What is left out of this chapter, let alone this whole book, is explaining what religious experiences are and how are they generated. Is it the Holy Spirit? How do we distinguish being touched by the Holy Spirit with other religious deities, alien mind-control devices, or are they just natural sensations mistaken for supernatural? The real answer is the latter. The temporolimbic system consists of the temporal lobes and the amygdale and hippocampal portion of the limbic system. The latter two structures serve as the site of emotional memory. Different studies show that a wide range of factors that influence temporal lobe function can produce hallucinations, paranormal, spiritual, mystical, and religious experiences. These factors include the electrical stimulation of the temporal lobes; spontaneous temporal lobe epileptic auras and seizures; trauma; the severe anoxia of near death, G-forces and carbon dioxide inhalation; psychedelic drugs; speaking in tongues; and many environmental stressors.
In addition, the superior temporal gyrus, the hippocampus, and the surrounding ectorhinal cortex have been shown to be the site of a sense of the self in space. Aberrant functioning of this area can result in the out-of-body sensations, depersonalization and derealization so common in spiritual and mystical experiences. These spiritual experiences are seen as similar to those of ordinary experiences except that they are tagged by the limbic system as of profound importance, meaningful, immensely joyous and of providing a sense of being connected to something greater than ourselves.
The temporal lobe emotional memory system is often unable to distinguish between real, external events and non-real, internally generated non-real experiences. Thus, when these internally generated spiritual experiences occur they may be perceived as totally real.
Running the Streets Mad
Kirk shares an email exchange he had with an atheist (or so Kirk says). The atheist says that Kirk should be “running the streets mad” with rage against their blindness. Kirk wrote back and said that is exactly what Kirk does. It is always on Kirk’s mind, but Kirk inserts a passage from Charles Spurgeon.
More likely Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort are running the streets made for money. That is the prime goal for their ministry. Nothing more.
Next, Kirk quotes Bill Bright, founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ,
“Here in the United States, one-third of all Americans identify themselves as born-again Christians…But we have a serious problem. These facts are not reflected in the life of our nation. According to the surveys…a bare two percent regularly share their faith in Christ. Obviously, something is tragically wrong.”
I can quote the CCC too.
“Any so-called “truth” in conflict with God’s Truth is no truth at all; it is a lie, a manifestation of the one great Lie that tells us the God of the Bible is not the one God and King over all. The war between the Truth and “truths” is really the war between Truth and the Lie.”
Campus Crusade for Christ blog by Tom Gilson
Every creationist group and organization post declarations of this kind: admissions of bias. Proudly posted as if this is something to be proud of. Notice that they admit that they will automatically and thoughtlessly reject without consideration, any and all evidence that which may presented should it appear to disagree with their a priory preconceived conclusion.
[Unfortunately. Chapters 3-5 are not included. Apologies]
Chapter 6: The Question of Eternal Destiny
This chapter mainly deals with Hell and the urge of ongoing evangelism.
Kirk explains he preaches in many countries in short amount of time, and it is easy to approach foreigners because “God’s law” is “universal.” What Kirk means is that using the tactic Are you a good person? works virtually everywhere.
Oh yeah, lets use the fear of an imaginary place, a place described as the most nightmarish place possible, as a motivation to spread a belief system that glorifies ignorance.
However, two of the “laws of God” used in the Kirk Cameron’s snake-oil “Are You a Good Person?” are humanistic values, they do not and have not originated from any supernatural entity (especially the Christian God). For example, the “do not murder” rule has been a moral law amongst mankind that predates Christianity and Judaism.
Kirk gives a brief story of a time he evangelized to a man who claimed to be a Christian, but admitted he lied about reading the gospels – perhaps just to screw with Cameron. Kirk then says “drunks often open themselves to the influence of demons demons”, which Kirk bases on when he preached to a drunk man who was angry and vulgar, who later nearly turned violent on Kirk’s assistant Scott (who Kirk calls a “help” christian, but Scott and the drunk man nearly took the gloves off). A Buddhist monk just to happened to be near this incident, and Kirk asked the monk if he believed in God. The monk said yes, but it was tied to karma]. Kirk explained that God’s karma is “He will punish sin with death and hell.” Then Kirk walks the monk though the old Are you a good person? tactic, which Kirk does not explain how that turned out.
Perhaps Kirk does not remember how the talk with the Buddhist turned out, or that Kirk does not want the reader to know how it turned out. The Buddhist may have or could have easily turned the tables on Kirk and walked Cameron through the eightfold Paths to see if Cameron was a “good person.”
Kirk defends himself as not bashing religion and sincere believers like the Buddhist monk by defining religion as “man’s efforts to try to get right with God, something a man can never do. But the gospel does it for him. The gospel is unspeakably good news for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Gentiles.” When Kirk was introduced to man named tom who believed in God, but believed God did not condemn certain people, Kirk said the man broke the Second Commandment of creating his own image of God (a false idol) in his head that God. Kirk says “He made him a god in his own image. His god is a figment of his imagination that he shaped to suit himself. His god had no moral dictate. Tom could do what he wanted morally and not make his god frown at all.”
The irony and hypocrisy here is that this is exactly what Kirk does to himself: create his own god to best suit him. Kirk may say that his God shapes his morals, but his God is just an echo of his own conscious to remind him that x,y,z is harmful and/or hurtful. This is the same for the most sincerest of all Christians, because no matter what their image of God is, God always has a human mind.
Practice What You Preach
Here, Kirk urges the reader to evangelize and reminds them “God will help you.” Kirk suggests they practice, and when open air-preaching to constantly go on because you never know who is listening.
“God will help you” that’s right, God will be just as helpful as a leprechaun; a genie; or even a lucky charm made from bat organs.
All evangelizing will accomplish is the evangelical person will be spreading lies and/or making themselves look delusional.
Kirk ends this section and chapter with a story of Charles Spurgeon, who suggests to rookie evangelists to start at home and spread outward.
The best place for a rookie evangelist to start is nowhere, except himself/herself!? What they should do is examine these “beliefs” critically with themselves. Ask themselves, do I want faith? What is faith? Is it reasonable to believe without evidence? What makes my faith any more real or credible than a Muslim pr Hindu faith?
Chapter 7: From Darkness to Light
Kirk begins this chapter that he spotted a man named John in his fifties reading the newspaper, and somehow Kirk knew that this man deeply hated Christians by the look on his face and his “God-hating jawline.” Kirk was sure that this man would react negatively to any “fundamentalist” who approached him, but Kirk approached him anyway. Kirk gave the man a “million-dollar gospel tract” and they began to discuss the economy. Kirk had to listen to every “cuss-word” in the book. John was a lawyer. When Kirk asked John what he thought happens when someone dies, John did not get off the topic regarding the economy. Kirk says this is because the question is often avoided because it is “extremely inoffensive.” John did respond that he did not think anything happens. Next, Kirk takes John through the Are you a good person? tactic. In the end, John was found totally guilty, but John reminded Kirk that he had done much more good in the world. Kirk then moves on to use his court analogy, but before Kirk could finish John cut him off. Kirk says that because John already saw the folly in his answer and he was evading the scene because he was deeply convicted in his sin.
It is strange when Kirk can give a full detailed retelling of how the conversation went but leave out things like this.
We cannot know what happened or who said, or if this ever happened. What can be drawn from this is that John did not “cut Kirk off” because he already saw himself in trouble, any thinking person sees right away that there is no evidence for this “God’s law” and “court analogy.” It is all based on wishful thinking, an act of pretend that there is a God and he has a set of rules.
Merely refusing to go along with this train of illogical steps from imaginary laws to fictional courts does not “prove” that anyone is “evading the scene because [they] are deeply convicted in [their] sin.” It only points out that the person is not being fooled by the evangelist illogical beliefs and wishful thinking. In the same way that a thinking person does not fall for the fictional story that they are infested with “thetan aliens,” their refusal to play along does not mean they secretly believe they have aliens in them. That is nonsense.
Did I Fail?
Kirk asked if he failed for not delivering the gospel to John? Kirk quotes Mark 10:17-22 and concludes he did not, because John took the time to listen and he heard that he sinned against God.
So by that logic, when a conspiracy theorist fails to convince a stranger that the Pope is a reptilian alien, that is a success only because they heard the conspiracy? Sorry Kirk, but that is a failure, just like you.
Did Kirk Fail? Yes. Not because of John, but because of himself. Kirk claims to have been “lost” before he became religious, but the truth is he is more lost than he ever was. He has come to accept the most illogical incoherent beliefs that do not have a lick of evidence to support them. And it gets worse, he has turned this delusion of his into a money-making machine to trying to fool others into believing his nonsensical rubbish and lies via propaganda.
Next is a section called “Faithfulness.” Kirk compares Christians to firefighters and claims that Christians must keep their words and do what they say they will do. Kirk quotes proverbs 25:19 and Proverbs 20:6.
The Depth of the Penalty
Kirk says that he understood John when John thought the concept of hell was unreasonable. Kirk tries to perform some logic gymnastics: “if Kirk lies to his dog, nothing happens. If he lies to his wife, he gets in trouble. If he lies in court, he gets punished.” To Kirk, lying is equal in the eyes of God (Ps. 51:4 and Prov. 12:22), so lying to your dog is just as bad as lying in court. This is how Kirk reasons that hell is reasonable and justifiable, since everyone will enter the courtroom on Judgment Day and a crime of sin is serious in the eyes of God.
Kirk says that God put a couple to death in Acts 5:1-11 for lying, but what Kirk does not share is that God killed Ananias and Sapphira for not giving Peter all of the money that they made when selling their land (this practice of collectivization is known as communism). Kirk tries to give the appearance through Scripture that all liars are punished by God, but he skips instances like in the book of Genesis where Jacob steals from his brother, lies to his father, but is continually rewarded by God.
- Ps. 51:4, the next line says that everyone is born in sin and are evil in the eyes of god.
- Prov. 12:22 is contradicted with verses like James 2:25, “Was not Rahab, the harlot, justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?.”
Chapter 8: They Need to Hear the Moral Law
Kirk and Ray believe we are living in biblical prophecy as the world lives in peril. Kirk and Ray mentions war, terrorism, neighboring nations despising others, economies collapsing, and law makers “have fear in their eyes.” Kirk and Ray quotes Matthew 24;14, when the gospel is preached to all nations, the end will come.” Kirk and Ray encourages readers to speak out and share their faith. Some may not have the time, so Kirk and Ray recommends carrying gospel tracts and speaking out when the opportunity comes.
Those are the signs of the End Times, these two charlatans basically listed the very same signs that have existed with every nation that ever existed around the world. These things will always be present. Economies rise and fall and cycle. Every nation will have neighbors who don’t get along. There will be struggles over politics and control over natural resources.
BUT there is something else that can drive terrorism and national hostilities: religion and faith.
Religious Moral Laws are not always good laws, or even based on ethics or morality. Several Laws in the Bible provide punishments for crimes with no victims, like saying the Lord’s name being punishable by death. Humans have a natural tendency to be cooperative and caring, because we are biologically social animals, and social animals thrive through cooperation. Religion over ruled that natural tendency by demanding that faithful believers kill the Infidel.
Questions That Lead to the Gospel
Kirk shares how he learned over the years (by God’s grace) how to approach people and stir up conversation about Christianity. Usually, he started when a person mentions words like “righteousness” “hell” “judgment” “Christ” and such. Kirk recommends start by asking a person an unoffensive question: what they think happens when a person dies. When a person responds without any negative potential, a persons fear of evangelizing should drop and they can continue on. Kirk then asks the reader if they are prepared to join the “most worthy cause on earth?”
Most worthy cause on earth? Look at the history of Christianity and modern Christianity. The pages of Christianity history are soaked with blood more than any other religion. Christianity has caused mass suffering, that it would take a entire collection of novels and libraries to share them all. Even in modern times Christianity is far from worthy. Does Kirk sanction the raping and slaughtering of children and people in India and Africa?
Extending the Conversation
Kirk retells a story he had with a financial person named Joe. Kirk says he first asked him a few trick questions, such as “How many U.S. Presidents are not buried in the U.S.?” The answer is five, because they are the president and ex-presidents who are still alive. Another trick question, “What was the highest mountain before Mt. Everest?” Kirk says it has always been the highest. When Kirk moved on to ask Joe what he thought happens after a person dies, Joe said he was not an atheist but still did not think anything happens after death. Kirk then asked Joe to ”imagine” there is a Heaven, and then asked Joe if he thought he was worthy to go there. Kirk then took Joe through the Are you a good person? routine. Afterwards, Joe asked why Christianity thought every other religious people were going to hell, Kirk answered that they religions of ‘work-righteousness’ – that is they work to earn their way into Heaven in a form of bribery, whereas Christianity says salvation is through grace. Joe thought that that was unfair. Kirk asked Joe if he thought Christianity was “intolerant”? Joe answered yes, but Kirk says Joe is being intolerant of Christianity. Then Joe told Kirk he was not, but Kirk does not share any more of that conversation. Kirk just says they had a good talk, and Kirk gave him a “What Hollywood Believes” CD and a Way of the Master book. Kirk just tries to make a point that when a person does not believe in an afterlife, the conversation does not end there.
Be sure to catch the “imagine” there is a heaven. If Kirk Cameron and/or Ray Comfort had any proof whatsoever of Heaven or an afterlife, he would have presented it in a heartbeat rather than asking a person to just “imagine” such a realm. Using Kirk’s logic, you can ask a person to imagine the Hell of Islam, Avalon, Valhala, and so on. Imagining a place is easy, but proving it is something else.
What Sin Causes
Kirk starts this off with a claim made by jesus (John 8:12) where he calls himself the light and the rest of the world walks in darkness. Kirk says Christians no longer live in the darkness of ignorance, a world of sin. Kirk blames the suffering of the world on sin. Next, he quotes Isaiah 40:6-10.
“Christians no longer live in the darkness of ignorance” ugh, hello! The group of people who believe in impossible nonsense don’t live in ignorance? The same people who proudly embrace faith, the most dishonest thing a person can embrace! The same said faith that has caused millions of Christians to believe the Earth is 6,000 years old; man co-existed with dinosaurs; still believe in witches and ghosts; even Christians who deny that planets exist!
Sin is not and cannot be a problem for the world, because it is just an imaginary disease. A real and bigger problem is the faithful who believe sin exists and have for centuries have done tremendous work to slow down or halt progress, human rights and education.
Kirk says that several words dominate the secular world of the United States, such as depression, gas and food prices, bank loans, inflation and debt. Kirk then compares America to Israel, who after losing their faith in God, God in return would remove his blessings. Disease, drought and foreign powers will invade them. Kirk then looks at America; the debt is 11 trillion and growing; 100,000 of Americans will get cancer next year; we have terrible droughts and floods; hurricanes and tornadoes; Kirk claims these are not signs of God’s blessing. Kirk asks the audience “aren’t we a morally good nation? Don’t we trust in God?”
Something that has not been proven to exist cannot bless or remove it’s blessings. Furthermore, America is not a perfect nation, but there are real causes for it’s problems. For one, cancer and diseases will always be present around the globe, due to the constant evolution of diseases and/or lack of access to cures – if they have been invented yet. One thing Kirk fails to mention is that one huge reason why so many people do not have access to cures is due to Christian intervention. Ranging from faith healers urging their congregation to dump all their pills and medication in favor of prayer to evangelicals in power or government restricting access to cures. Take for instance human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is now the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. The virus infects over half the American population and causes nearly five thousand women to die each year from cervical cancer; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more the two hundred thousand die worldwide. We now have a vaccine for HPV that appears to be both safe and effective. The vaccine produced 100 percent immunity in the six thousand women who received it as part of a clinical trial. And yet, Christian conservatives in our government have resisted a vaccination program on the grounds that HPV is a valuable impediment to premarital sex. As if the fact needed further corroboration, Reginal Finger, an Evangelical member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, announced that he would consider opposing an HIV vaccine—thereby condemning millions of men and women to die unnecessarily from AIDS each year—because such a vaccine would encourage premarital sex by making it less risky. This is one of many points on which makes religious beliefs become genuinely lethal.
Move on to drought, there are many causes of drought. One of the top causes is climate change – a serious threat to humanity the entire globe, and yet one of the most outspoken deniers of climate change are Christians. Why? Because their personal beliefs in God have closed them from accepting reality and accountability. This is the fruits of faith: denying reality, willingly ignoring facts (even when they are clearly presented), wishful thinking and pretending to know things that they cannot know.
Also, invasion from foreign powers. This has always been a issue for all nations throughout human existence. To think that certain nations are exempt from the threat of invasion in certain time frames of Earth’s history is like saying earth quakes don’t happen in certain parts of the world.
Finally, a morally good nation does not have to trust in a unproven entity to be “moral.” In fact, statistically, the most secular of nations quite often are always the best of nations. Furthermore, if belief in god makes a morally good nation, then by that logic, was it morally good to slaughter millions of Native Americans? Drive them away from their homes, steal their resources and sabotage their holy sites? Kidnapping, raping, torturing and selling them into slavery? Is this the morale of a “god-believing” nation?
Kirk then brings up several points,
*There were approximately 180,000 murders in America between 1997 and 2007.
And how many of them have been committed by Christians? Hardcore Christians have been known to murdering doctors, gays, or their on children? Recently, a mother tried to kill herself and children to escape the coming Rapture.
*More than 50 million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade.
And there have been three to four times more miscarriages since then. If god has an ultimate plan, knows everything, is in control of everything, then he is clearly not pro-life. Kirk also did not mention the fact that Evangelical Christians (Kirk’s denomination) have the highest rates of abortions.}}
*45-55% of women and 50-60% of men admit to having an affair at some point in their marital relationship. Five million unwed couples live together.
How is unwed couples living together immoral?
*By age 19, 75% of women and 80% of men have premarital sex.
So what? This is not a moral crisis. Sex is natural and it is impossible to make teenagers avoid it.
*One-third of births to women aged 25 to 29 years were out of wedlock.
*1 out of 4 teenage girls have a STD.
American teenagers engages in about as much sex as teenagers in the rest of the developed world, but American girls are four to five times more likely to become pregnant, to have a baby, or to get an abortion. Young Americans are also far more likely to be infected by HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The rate of gonorrhea among American teens is seventy times higher than it is among their peers in France and in the Netherlands. The fact that 30 percent of our sex-education programs teach abstinence only (at a cost of more than $200 million a year) surely has something to do with this.
*Americans spend 4 billion dollars annually on pornography.
God is not in disfavor with pornography. When God punished David for taking Bathsheba, God commanded a man to have sex with all of David’s concubines in the open “for all of Israel to see” – meaning he made love in broad daylight for bystanders to watch. Pornography is not harmful, but the United States spends about a hundred times more than that to fight the failed Drug War. But how many Christians engage in or purchase pornography? Studies have show that the more conservative or religious a person is the more likely they will spend money on pornography. 
*We have more than 2 million people in prison – the largest prison population in the world.
Kirk forgot to mention Christians make the largest religious population in prison. Perhaps the greatest reason why many people are in prison is due to the war on drugs. Each year, over 1.5 million men and women are arrested in the United States because of our drug laws. At this moment, about 400,000 men and women languish in U.S. prisons for nonviolent drug offenses. One million others are currently on probation. Some 51% of all violent offenders are released from jail after serving two years or less, and 76% were released after serving four years or less (Source). At the federal level, the average sentence for a drug offense in the U.S. is 6.25 years.
*Surveys reveal that 91% of all people lie regularly.
Lying is not absolutely immoral. Biblical characters lied, such as in the book of Genesis, Jacob steals from his brother, lies to his father, and is continually rewarded by god. Lying can be used for good causes, such as a person living in the time of the Third Reich lying to a Nazi that he is not housing a Jew.
Kirk says we tend to put the blame on many things except sin and offending god.
What is more likely, we try to put the blame on something we actually know is there and not some supernatural being that has zero evidence. If a country has a gang problem, praying to invisible pixies will not solve anything. Only in Kirk’s mind is sin responsible for all the ills of society, but his personal beliefs are just as valid as thetans, Islamic sin, upsetting the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or karma.
Chapter 9: Then Fine Has Been Paid
Kirk reminds the reader that he went over several “national sins” that go against God’s law. Kirk says the knowledge of the law brings knowledge of sin. Kirk then brings up King David and Bathsheba, where David broke the Commandments. The prophet Nathan told David God had a “wonderful plan”.
Kirk did not mention God’s “righteous judgment” cast on David. God did not punish David, in fact God forgave David and Nathan told David he was clean of sin. However, God decided David’s first child with Bathsheba shall die. Seven days that child lied in pain before it died. God also commanded that a man have sex with all of David’s concubines “for all of Israel to see.”
Kirk points out that the lost seem to always seek to justify their sin because they love it so much. Kirk tells us to look at the Ten Commandments and see how we have offended God. Kirk then address several objections that the lost do not need to hear the god news because they already know they are sinners and the Holy Spirit can save them. Kirk points to what Paul said in Romans 2:21-24. Kirk says sinners do not know the nature of sin, using Romans 7;7 as support. Kirk says most people will say they are good people, but they do not know God’s ”perfect” standard. Kirk admits the Holy Spirit does convict of sin, but leaving out the law robs it of its power.
I do not attempt to “justify my sins” or seek to avoid accountability — rather the exact opposite!
The only ones who love their “sins” are the Christians. The only requirement to get into Heaven is belief (or in other words, gullibility). Jesus said “anyone who breaks these Laws will be called least in Heaven.” So you can break every rule in the Bible and you can still get into Heaven, you just have to fly coach. There is only one sin that not even almighty god can forgive: non-belief.
Basically, morality does not matter. Christians can be as vile as they want. Christians like Hitler can be as wicked as they like, but they can still get into Heaven. On the other hand, atheists can be as moral and charitable people in the world, but it doesn’t matter to God. Gullibility is the only criteria.
After reviewing Christian material produced by the likes of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron for years, I can say without a doubt Kirk and Ray love their “sins” more than I could possibly do in a thousands lifetimes. They lie practically on a daily basis about science and they propagate their religion for money. They “sin” constantly and proudly, but thanks to faith they have zero accountability. They can sin all they like all day, just to ask Jesus for forgiveness before bedtime, and they are suddenly pure in the eyes of God.
So I do not disbelieve in God because I love my “sins.” The fact that I have accountability is the reason why I cannot pretend to believe nonsensical things that are not true. Unlike Kirk and Ray, I value truth and embrace accountability.
But How Could a Loving God…
Kirk says it is common for people to say a loving God would never create a hell. Kirk uses an analogy of a judge in a court of law. The judge would be considered evil if he turned a blind eye to a violent criminal, just as God would not be holy and good if he did not punish sinners who violated his law. Kirk brings up the stats from last chapter about 180,000 murders taking place in a ten year span. Kirk then says 80,000 of them got away with murder, and then Kirk has to appeals to emotion by gruesomely describing their horrible acts. Kirk then states God is omniscient and does not turn away from a murder. Kirk then says “we know intuitively that God is good” and will punish those who desired to attempt murder. He will punish rapists, thieves, liars, fornicators, jealousy, hatred, greed and envy. Kirk then brings up the Ten Commandments that show that we are all criminals, the question then turns into “How can there ”not” be a hell?” and common sense concludes that there is some divine retribution for justice.
Even when invoking that a god exists does not logically follow that said god is “just” or “good.” There is no way to “know” if any supernatural agent (if there is one) is “good.” Kirk’s analogy of a criminal pleading with a judge for forgiveness is also flawed. Kirk and his partner Ray Comfort have noted several times that God is “rich in mercy” and is merciful to those who forsakes their sin. Therefore, using the criminal-in-court analogy, the judge could easily forgive all the crimes out of an act of mercy simply because he is merciful or that the criminal stood up and admitted on the spot they did wrong. By this reasoning, Hitler could “forsake” his sins before his death, and thus be rewarded by God’s mercy.
“How can there ”not” be a hell?” Easy, by the fact that the Abrahamic God has never been proven to exist. That’s like asking “how can there not be a Valhalla?” The concept of Hell is completely illogical and the foundation of Hell is a repackaging of Greek Hellenistic views and historical sites like Gehenna.
Kirk then quotes Col. 1:28. Kirk brings up Martin Luther who said “The first duty of the gospel preacher is to declare god’s law and show the nature of sin.”
Martin Luther also said the following:
- “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but — more frequently than not — struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”
- “Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.”
- “Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his Reason.”
- “Reason is the Devil’s greatest whore; by nature and manner of being she is a noxious whore; she is a prostitute, the Devil’s appointed whore; whore eaten by scab and leprosy who ought to be trodden under foot and destroyed, she and her wisdom … Throw dung in her face to make her ugly. She is and she ought to be drowned in baptism… She would deserve, the wretch, to be banished to the filthiest place in the house, to the closets.”
[Martin Luther, Erlangen Edition v. 16, pp. 142-148]
He also said:
- “There is on earth among all dangers no more dangerous thing than a richly endowed and adroit reason…Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed.”
[Martin Luther, quoted by Walter Kaufmann, “The Faith of a Heretic“, (Garden city, NY, Doubleday, 1963), p. 75]
- “Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and … know nothing but the word of God.”
- “The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes.”
[Martin Luther, Works 12.94]
- “The Jews are the most miserable people on earth. They are plagued everywhere, and scattered about all countries, having no certain resting place. They sit as on a wheelbarrow, without a country, people or government… but they are rightly served, for seeing they refused have Christ and his gospel, instead of freedom they must have servitude.”
- “Either God must be unjust, or you, Jews, wicked and ungodly. You have been, about fifteen hundred years, a race rejected of God.”
- “Therefore the blind Jews are truly stupid fools…”
- “We are at fault for not slaying them [the Jews]”
[Martin Luther, “On the Jews and Their Lies“, 1543]
It seems Martin Luther’s idea of spreading the gospel and god’s law included: in order to accept Christianity, you must become unreasonable and hate the Jews.
Kirk concludes that is what is wrong with this nation: no opening to God’s law.
There are many problems with this country, but NONE of it has anything related to Kirk’s narrow version of God. In fact, some could point out that God’s law and Christianity is a force for negative impacts rather than good in the country and across the world.
It is a statistic fact that the more secular nations are, the better off they are. So why should America turn to “God’s law”, especially when this article has already thoroughly pointed out every flaw in them?
If this country turned to “God’s law” America might as well become Saudi Arabi or any other theocracy. Why? What is the First Commandment? There is only one God, and you must obey him and no other. Ergo, forcing every citizen to convert to Christianity.
Puffed Up by Pride
Kirk quotes Luke 13:18 to examine what jesus thought about this sort of attitude.
Sure, ask what does a fictional character think of this attitude.
Chapter 10: The Quicksand of Moral Relativity
Kirk argues that the law of God is absolute and removes relativity. Kirk says that studies show that 75% of American college professors teach there is no right or wrong and leave it to “individual values and cultural diversity.” Kirk says this makes no sense to a Christian, but it makes perfect sense to a spiritually blind world. Kirk compares moral relativity to a person who jumps off a cliff thinking they could fly until they discover the absolute law of gravity.
While no sources or studies are shown, we have nothing but Kirk Cameron’s word that these “college professors” are teaching there is no right or wrong. This is complete bollocks.
Universities across the country and across the world have classes in ethics, and there are many approaches to ethics – so to claim that they are all teaching ‘there’s no right or wrong’ is complete nonsense. Instead what Kirk Cameron is parading for is this: if they don’t teach the moral absolutes of the Bible, then by default the universities are promoting moral anarchy.
Kirk may be concerned while the Bible is not taught or included in these ethics classes… perhaps it is because there is NOTHING in the Bible that qualifies as “morality” and if anyone uses the Bible as a moral guide, you will be arrested in every nation in the civilized world. Why? Because the Bible promotes the death penalty to anyone for the pettiest of offenses and victimless crimes. The main character of the Bible, God, is a moral monster – as clearly evident as displayed in the Bible. The Bible promotes that any follower of God must obey him, and if at any moment when God tells them to do something, the believer must abandon all their sense of morality and do the will of God, even if that includes killing someone – even those close and dearest to you.
Would You Shoot?
Here, Kirk wishes to test moral relativity by creating a scenario. It is 1938, you have a rifle in your hands with Adolf Hitler in your sights. You have one shot. Would you take him out? Kirk then says think off all the lives you would save just by squeezing the trigger. If a person says they wouldn’t, Kirk says what if you were enlisted in the military and it was your duty to shoot? Kirk then tells us that when we look through the lens of “what if” to determine what is right or wrong to keep in mind the suffering of the Jewish children.
So, here we have Kirk asking a series of hypothetical questions to make us reflect on our own views – but he does not share his own.
There are many responses we can do in these sort of “what if” scenarios. For instance, if you could be the first person to discover nitrogen, knowing full well it would be used for both good and bad, would you discover it and reveal it to the world? Nitrogen is used in fertilizer, which is used to feed two-thirds of the world’s population, but nitrogen is also used in missiles (which are tools to kill people).
How do we go about determining which is the best moral answer? Take for instance, members of society X are genuinely protective of others from a state of mental disorder for “demon possessions” they see as a threat. They may feel a moral duty to destroy their perceived threat of demon-possessed individuals. however, through information and knowledge, we know understand that demon-possession is not the cause, but rather certain brain malfunctions. If society X outgrows their belief in possession and learn about brain malfunction, they may feel a new duty to care for those with mental disorders. It is not that they discovered a hither or two unknown objective duty to help than rather harm these people, it is given their initially protective attitude, their sense of duty changes in response to change in information. As before, much of the sense of what we ought to do may come initially from instinct rather than conscious reasoning. Again, empathic instincts influence much of our behavior, and it is easy to see how much this instinct would evolve, how natural selection would favor groups of humans whose instinct was to protect each other over individuals who were trying to survive on a hostile planet with no one to protect them.
You may be a pacifist, but if your man was going to rape and kill your mother and you had a gun, would you shoot him? Kirk quotes 1 Timothy 5:8. Kirk says he would not hesitate to pull the trigger. Going back the the Hitler issue, if a person did finally decide to Kill Hitler to save the lives of millions, the person figures even if God did damn them for taking a life, the person took the high road and neglected their fate because they thought of the fate of others. Kirk then wants to address where that roads goes in the next section.
At least here Kirk admits he would not be bothered with killing another human if said human would threaten his family. This is actually a valid and reasonable answer, a basic human instinct (which we are biologically biased to embrace) is self-preservation to ourselves, as well as towards those we care about.
Note that Kirk just quoted a Bible verse to justify himself for killing a threatening person. He is willing to take a life to save another.
Taking the High Road
The scenario changed to 40 years earlier and you have Hitler’s mother in your sights. She is pregnant with Hitler. Would you kill her to save the world from Hitler? Kirk says that many people would not, often because their answer involves God. If a person did go through with it, Kirk asks another question: It’s 1977 and you have Jeffery Dahmer in your sights. Kirk says he killed 17 men and boys, and his murders included rape, torture, dismemberment, necrophilia, and cannibalism. Kirk says Jeffrey Dahmer was more evil than Hitler in italics. If a person says they would kill him, Kirk says they have a dilemma for them.
Kirk reminds the reader of chapter 8 when there were 180,000 murders in the U.S. in a ten year period. If you had the potential to shoot each of those murders before they committed a crime, would you? What about rapists? Kirk says the question is “Where do you stop pulling the trigger?” Kirk says moral relativism does not bring God into the equation. Rather he dictates what modern society deems as good and evil.
This is not much of a dilemma at all. Basically, Kirk is saying if you are willing to take the life of one mass murderer, you are then fully capable to shoot all the mass murders. Think back to when Kirk admitted he would be willing to take the life of a person who may harm his mother. What stops him then from killing people who so much verbally threaten her?
While Jeffery Dahmer is an evil individual, but by what criteria does Kirk determine that Dahmer is more evil than Hitler?
It is clear Kirk is trying to knock down moral relativism (and doing a rather poor job at it) but what this scenario: You murder another person because God commanded it. And then God repeats the same demand, on and on. When do you stop pulling the trigger? Until God says so. This is otherwise known as the divine command theory, which Kirk subscribes to, which basically says whatever God deems good or bad is therefore so. So, if God deems genocide “good” as of tomorrow, Kirk and all Christians would have to accept it.
Several times, Kirk and his partner Ray Comfort do not live up to the “moral absolutes”; for instance, they both lie constantly about science. But lets look at it this way; Kirk deems murder as absolutely bad because God said so, and thus Kirk does not do it. What if God made an exception, or somehow destroyed himself tomorrow, does that make all moral absolute vales vanish and suddenly murder is completely justified? Of course not, and people already understand that. We know morals do not come from some supernatural agent. The two prerequisites for reliable moral assessment are 1) reason and 2) accurate and relevant information. Sound reasoning won’t lead to valid assessments if we are operating under flawed information, nor with sound information if our reasoning is flawed. Without sound reasoning and information, we can’ determine how the universe works, how different life forms suffer or flourish, where responsibility lies, or would the short or long term consequences of actions are on an inter-personal or global scale. And these are considerations on which moral judgments depends.
Kirk then asks how does secular society carve out its own morality? Kirk says they usually come up with something as long as it does not harm another human being. Blasphemy does not harm another human; abortion is okay because it is not a human; fornication is okay; homosexuality is okay; adultery is okay; lying and thievery is justifiable; and so on and therefore moral relativity removes the fear of violating God’s law. Kirk says this is why the Moral Law must be used to stir people’s conscience.
But what about moral dilemmas for Kirk Cameron and Christians? Does God deem something good because he says so, or is it good because it is good?
Blasphemy is a harmless crime, since it does not have a victim. Fornication and homosexuality are only abhorrent to Kirk because of faith, not reason. Lying and thievery has its justifications: we consider Robin Hood a folk hero, and even Biblical characters are rewarded for lying (such as Ruth).
Chapter 11: It May Be Time
Kirk says that God will work things out for our good if we love him.
This is straight up unsupported and ridiculous.
Chapter 12: God Can Use Someone Else
At the end of the chapter, Kirk shares of a flight he was on and had an interaction with another person (Ron or Rob) about the afterlife. The man said he believed in God, Heaven, Hell, and had three Bibles. Kirk went through the “Are you a good person?” process and handed him a copy of the pamphlet “Save Yourself Some Pain.”
Another unverifiable story. Dismissed.
Chapter 13: Speaking to Intellectuals
Kirk returns to a scenario on a plane. He instructs his reader if he encounters an atheist who believes nothing happens to anyone after death, Kirk points out this smiling intelligent individual (with a possible degree) is not an intellectual. Kirk says the Bible says those who do not believe in God are “fools.” Kirk says the man’s mentality is that the airplane he is sitting in had no maker and came about by accident. Kirk straw-mans the Big Bang Theory, claiming it says everything came from nothing.
As already pointed out to Kirk countless times, the Big Bang does not say such a thing, creationism however does. Also, as explained millions of times, atheism does not say or require that atheists believe that everything came from nothing. Atheism is simply the lack of belief in god(s). It has no say regarding an individuals views towards origins, the afterlife, etc. That is up to the individual to accept. The ONLY thing that unites all atheists is that they lack beliefs in god(s), nothing more nothing less.
“The Bible says those who do not believe in God are “fools.”” Its the old playground game of “I am rubber you are glue, whatever bounces off of me sticks to you.” Its an infantile tactic that is described as the pot calling the silverware black. Its a sort of psychological spin. How else can you defend an indefensible position? You have to twist everything around. That is why the Bible defines the fool as someone who does not believe completely the outrageous claims from the most incredulous sources even without asking for evidence – despite the fact that every other source in the world defines a fool as someone who does all of these things.
Kirk asks why does society think atheists are intellectual? Why are our universities “pumping” out atheists like no tomorrow? Kirk says the enemy of God is called “the Father of Lies.” Kirk says “anyone who studies the theory of Darwinian evolution without prejudice or without blind faith knows its a lie. Atheism is a lie. It is intellectual suicide.”
What a vile and odious lie. Neither once has Kirk or Ray ever bothered to study Darwin’s theory of evolution sincerely. Not once can they explain what it is or how it works correctly, and every time they have been challenged about, they never once attempt to correct themselves. Instead, they spread the same old lies over and over.
The Lie List
Kirk says atheists have no big deal with lying, exaggerating, or embellishing the truth just to strengthen their arguments.
The “Ultimate projection” meter just blew itself!
Kirk says many atheist websites include several great intellectuals as atheists, such as Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Ernst Hemingway, and Susan B. Anthony. He does not include any atheist web sites, but goes on to investigate how many of these five were atheists who “denied the existence of God.”
Kirk says this man hated the hypocrisy of religion, but was no atheist. He provides two quotes,
“I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.“
“I am much less interested in what is called God’s word than in God’s deeds. All Bibles are man made.“
Next Kirk quotes Edison’s friend Henry Ford about Edison.
Edison was not a theist, more like a deist. Here is a quote from Edison concerning Thomas Paine’s scientific deism,
“Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me — the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness, love — He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in? No; nature made us — nature did it all — not the gods of the religions.“
He did not even believe in the soul. He said, “I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul… I am an aggregate of cells, as, for instance, New York City is an aggregate of individuals. Will New York City go to heaven?” Here is a quote by Edison addressing the proof for God and religion,
“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.“
Kirk tries to provide quotes from Twain to show he was not an atheist.
“God puts something good and lovable in every man His hands create.“
The truth is that Mark Twain showed signs of being an atheist and at other times as a theist. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what he was, but he was no friend of religion. He once said “If there is a God, he is a malign thug.” Perhaps he was an agnostic.
In this section, Kirk tries to argue Einstein was not an atheist, but rather a theist. Kirk says he was not a christian and throughout his life he denied a personal god.
So Einstein was not a theist Kirk, he was a deist. Kirk just contradicted himself, so he knew before hand that his argument was wrong.)
“In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who says there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.“
Chapter 14: Atheists Need the Gospel Too
Kirk begins by retelling several atheist, freethinking, secular humanist groups who spent money to advertise on billboards and buses that expressed disbelief in deities. Kirk then asks two of his “ex-atheist” friends to share why there is a tide of “new” atheism.
The first person says they were not brought up in religious home and assumed he was an atheist. He joined atheist groups and thought he was using logic to disprove God. He said this made him become aware of the arguments on both sides. He then read books on Creation and intelligent design and concluded they made sense and there were no other equal alternatives.
Kirk does not identify the person, making it difficult to trust the source and reliability of the individual. Furthermore, what arguments persuaded this anonymous atheist that creationism made sense?
The interviewee actually names himself: Alan Pearson. He says he was a super-skeptic until he met God at age 35. Before he was raised in a non-religious home and grew up an atheist. He eventually married, his wife became a member of the church and brought him along.
Still not answering why there is a rise in atheism, nor does it provide a lick of proof or sense why this person turned to theism.
Chapter 15: Witnessing to the Family
Kirk tells the reader about a time when his sister called him that their mother was in the hospital. She had some bad times, but Kirk points she did not really believe in God. However, one day she said the woman next to her started talking about God and Jesus and she found it interesting. “Interesting” nothing more. However, Kirk jumps into it and weeps that God has touched his mother. His mother did not get out of the hospital, she was transferred and met some nice people, but Kirk does not describe her health condition. Instead, he just says ask God and he will answer.
Greek Mythology is interesting to millions of Americans, that does not mean they accept an inkling of it is real or ever happened.
Chapter 16: True Conversion
Kirk and Ray discusses Christians who are not really Christians (invoking the No True Scotsman fallacy). Kirk says Christians are those who believe and follow Jesus. Kirk quotes Charles Spurgeon,
“Who was it that added Judas, and Ananias and Sapphire, and Simon Magus, and Demas to the church? Who was it that stole forth by night and red tares among the wheat? That evil spirit is not dead, he is still busy enough in this department, and continually adds to the church each as are not saved. His are the mixed multitude which infest the camp of Israel, and are the first to fall a lusting; his the Achane who bring a curse upon the tribes: his are those of whom Jude says, “certain men crept in unawares who were before of old ordained to this condemnation.” These adulterate the church , and by so doing, they weaken and defile it, and bring it much grief and dishonor.“
Like I already said: No True Scotsman Fallacy.
Chapter 17: The Fruit of Biblical Evangelism
Here Ray Comfort tries to differentiate between modern evangelism and biblical evangelism. According to Ray, modern evangelism is soft and makes man the center of the message instead of God. Ray says modern evangelism says nothing about punishment, the Law, Judgment Day, etc. Biblical evangelism teaches man is a wicked criminal and a wicked man can only come to God if God draws him to Himself. Ray says the Bible teaches that repentance is God-given. “Although man is commanded to repent, he can’t do it without the help of God. God gave him repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.”
Ray Comfort retells a story of him visiting the Grande Gallerie de l’Evolution in Paris. They looked for about an hour for proof of evolution. When they couldn’t find any, they asked the “authorities” and they were pointed to a stuffed image of “discredited Lucy” and a copy of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. “It was underwhelming.”
Ray Comfort then tells a story of when he was in Paris, he hooked up onto the security cameras of his ministry, saw a FedEx guy at the door, then called a staff member to open the door for the FedEx guy. Ray then goes on to say that God sees every FedEx guy. “He sees every thought of every mind and hears ever beat of the human heart. He even sees every atom of every drop of blood that pumps though every artery of every body. He is not bound by time or by space. He sees everything, knows everything and can do anything… everything but sin.”
Given Ray’s track record of deliberately misrepresenting evolution, he either was not sharing with his readers what else he saw at the museum or he had no idea what were the facts presented before his eyes. The stuffed monkey in question is Australopithecus afarensis, one of the many intermediate fossils in human evolution. Australopithecus afarensis proved to be a fully bipedal ape whose hands, feet, teeth, pelvis, skull, and other physical details were exactly what creationists challenged us to find, yet they’re still pretending we never found it. But worse than that, we didn’t just find that one. In 1977, three years after we discovered the no-longer-missing link in the human evolutionary lineage, Harvard paleontologist, Stephen J. Gould mentioned an “extreme rarity” of other clear transitions persistent in the fossil record until that time, and his comment, -taken out of context- remains a favorite of creationist quote-miners to this day. But in the more than 30 years since then, there has been a paleontological boom such that we now have way more transitional species in many more lineages than we ever needed or hoped for.
Ray fallaciously concludes the entire theory of evolution is based on a single intermediate. However, scientists have discovered thousands of transitional fossils and the theory of evolution does not rest on a single intermediate, nor does it rest solely on fossils. This is a god of the gaps fallacy. In fact, every fossil is a transitional fossil, which has been pointed out to Ray in a debate with the Rational Response Squad. In 1999, National Academy of Sciences reported that the total number of transitional fossils were so large, lots of biologists and paleontologists now consider that list “innumerable” especially since the tally of definite transitionals keeps growing so fast! Several lineages are now virtually complete, including our own. Every species living today has definite relatives both extant and extinct, and evident in the fossil record. And in one sense, all of them, even the things still alive, count as transitional species.
Chapter 18: A Few Practical Tips on Sharing
Kirk concludes that his format is a good and proven.
How gravely Kirk is mistaken. Throughout this review, little of Kirk’s format is honest.
Chapter 19: Evangelism Crash Course Student
This section of the book includes a test, but first a note from Ray Comfort. The test is to check if the reader is prepared to use the tools of evangelism provided in the book.
Basically a load of garbage.