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http://freethought.tamu.edu/criticism/mcdowell/stupid.html How to Make Atheists Look Stupid [NOTE: McDowell did not actually write a book entitled, How to Make Atheists Look Stupid, nor did he actually say any of the comments attributed to him in this review. However, based on some of the comments McDowell has made in his books, we wouldn't be surprised if McDowell did write such a book some day. -JL] McDowell comes through again with another tour de force in apologetics! Standing up to the heathen was never easier with the new handbook of retorts and rhetoric that made Josh McDowell the leading expert in defending the Faith. Says the author, with that paternal grin, "Anyone who investigates the evidence for Christianity and doesn't see the truth plain as day is a nincompoop." This text breathes with a new tone - one of confidence, insistence, certainty, conviction, frustration, disgust, nausea. McDowell is laying it down for the last time with a direct affront to the unbelieving community. No more Mr. Rodgers-for-the-skeptics! According to Guinness, McDowell now holds the title of "Most Volumes of Facts Stuck Together By Anyone Outside the Scholarly Community." Regarding the chain-link method of reporting, he says "If I had a nickel for every fact I've looked up, I'd be Jim Bakker." His current work is no exception. Pagans, be prepared to be exposed. _On the subject of other religions_: "Buddhists - stupid! Muslims - stupid! No facts at all. Look at all these facts: Dr. J. B. Inphlated of Harvard, expert in the field of Roman archaeology, reports accurately, `The Bible is unquestionably true.' Must I continue to write such long books when all the experts agree?" _On the evidence for the Resurrection_: "...Now that we've seen how there were four Roman guards (who hated Christians and who would rather die than be dishonest) standing within 10 feet of the grave - not to mention the big stone which we know to have been nearly 20 feet tall because it says in the Bible `very large,' and Mark was an honest writer who wouldn't lie - it leaves us with only one rational question: Why would anyone dare question my authority anymore? I _told_ you He rose from the dead!" _On the reliability of the Bible_: "Jesus was said to have sat in an olive garden, and there are a lot of olive trees in Jerusalem. This is yet another example of how the historical narratives of the gospels synchronizes with things we already know to be true. New Testament scholar A.E. Newman says that `there is definitely no longer any basis for doubting anything that most evangelical scholars say.' To be an atheist, you must have to put your hands over your ears and cry, `La, la, la, I can't hear you!'" Of course Stupid is also filled with lively reports of McDowell's most recent debates with hard-core skeptics. For instance, at the Los Angeles Teen Outreach, one student spoke out from the crowd. As McDowell describes it: "I put my hand in the pocket of my cardigan, leaned forward like a grandfather addressing a newborn, and said to him, `You have a question?' "Mr. McDowell, sir, you've shown me that there are many facts which prove that Christianity did actually start in the first century. But I'm still not convinced I should become a Christian..' "`The fallacy that you are committing, dear boy, is the _ignoramus respondus_, which means that you are not properly weighing the evidence. There are many students with whom I argue. Once I was debating a young man like you, and I showed him, as I inevitably do, that he was blind as a bat. I asked, `Do you want Jesus as Lord?' He said, `No way! That would mean I would have to stop having sexual intercourse with my girlfriend!' Perhaps you are someone like him. And that student was silent." Also in this volume is an all-new series of repartees for the budding evangelist who may be antagonized by atheistic hecklers. These repartees perhaps betray the author's frustration at having hit the culmination of his career and realizing that he will never reach Graham status. (And, of course, they in no way conflict with Scripture.) Here are a few: "Evidence-schmevidence" is what you're saying! Oh yeah, Well at least my wife was a _speerchul_ virgin! Jesus said to love God with your _mind_, boy! Well, I know sometimes it's hard to admit being wrong. You're obviously not aware of expert opinion. Copyright 1995 Internet Infidels Electronic Reproduction Permission.

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