Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — The Happy Atheist

September 5th, 2013 Post by

The Happy Atheist

A lot to listen to for this week’s pick. Last week, Issues, Etc. interviewed Dr. PZ Myers, author of “The Happy Atheist.” Pr. Wilken does a good job of asking Myers all the questions we’d like to ask a thoroughgoing atheist with a straightforward proclamation of the Gospel to Myers to close out the interview. The second show is an almost two hour long response by Dr. John Warwick Montgomery. He thoroughly breaks down all of Myers arguments as Dr. Montgomery does. As a parent, this was most helpful in formulating a plan to help my children when they are confronted by the arguments of atheists. Finally, Scott Klusendorf responds to Myers on the issues of abortion, morality, and life.


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Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
Duration: 1:11:10

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Original Air Date: August 29, 2013
Duration: 1:54:00

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Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
Duration: 31:28

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  1. Nicholas
    September 5th, 2013 at 21:02 | #1
  2. Jeff
    September 6th, 2013 at 01:47 | #2

    Myers is truly a lamentable fellow. In calling himself a ‘happy’ atheist he doesn’t mean true happiness. He means a sneering, mean-hearted snortling at other people’s expense. I have spent some time reading his blog. It is disgusting.

  3. Stef
    September 6th, 2013 at 15:47 | #3

    I must be honest, Myers sounds like a very uneducated person! Some of the drivel he spoke about Christianity was less with less knowledge than some 10 year old children I know!

  4. Dutch
    September 8th, 2013 at 09:31 | #4

    I try to remember there is a great divide between happy & joy. Happy is momentary, it ebbs & wains w/circumstances. Joy, does not. Joy comes from Him. It’s not movable, it is firmly founded & that is where we have what those of the world do not & will not ever truely know:
    peace, contentment, and hope.
    Hope is one thing, no Atheist, will ever truely know.

  5. Joe Strieter
    September 10th, 2013 at 14:14 | #5

    I thought it was interesting that Myers echoed Bertram Russel as he chose to make many of his value judgments on the basis of feelings, rather than all the cold logic he claims. He could not bring himself to say that a society that OK’d killing of 5 year olds was evil or wrong or immoral. Only “Brutal.” I was also a bit disappointed that Dr. Montgomery did not always deal with many of Myers’ arguments, but often accused him of not doing enough investigation.
    True enough, but the substance of his arguments demands a reponse.

    Dr. Myers’ arrogance and dismissiveness of Christianity were most evident and frankly offensive. At the end of the interview he basically equated Jesus with Harry Potter and Tinker Belle (sic?) while allowing that we can “go play in the church.” Rev. Wilken graciously avoided confronting Dr. Myers put-down of Christianity. I would not have been so gracious. We may dismiss him with a wave and a wink, but we really need to pray for him.

  6. Joe Strieter
    September 10th, 2013 at 14:19 | #6

    And another thing. I happened to listen to the Myers interview just after I listened to Rev. Wilken’s brilliant analysis of the candidates for Presiding Bishop of the ELCA. The juxtaposition of the mushy “God-talk” of the ELCA folks with the strident anti-God talk of Dr. Myers is startling, revealing, and rather scarey. I suggest some of us do the same, and I’d be very interested in your comments.

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