Why Understanding Christianity Destroys the ‘One God Less’ Argument

By Misty Callahan

So often people assert that all gods and religions are the same. Yet, this can’t be farther from the truth. Ravi Zacharias once stated, “All religions are not the same. People say they’re fundamentally the same; superficially different. Actually, they’re fundamentally different and at best superficially similar!” The God of the Bible is unique among the world’s plethora of deities to choose from. Unlike the others, God has entered into history, the prophecies of His prophets have come true, and He is a relational God. These just a few of the ways the Holy One Of Israel stands head and shoulders above all other gods.

Differences Make a Difference

As Christians, we often hear the argument of “One God Less” which was used by Richard Dawkins in his book “The God Delusion”:

“I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one god further.”

Andy Bannister answers Dawkins (and others who use this argument) in his excellent book, “The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist”:

“To describe this as a bad argument is to flirt somewhat casually with understatement. Dawkins is, for example, a bachelor with regard to every other woman except his wife, but I am not sure that it would be entirely fair on that basis to deny existence to Mrs. Dawkins. Similarly, Dawkins is also a non-resident with regard to every city in the world other than Oxford, but that doesn’t mean he can call himself homeless and start claiming government benefits.”

Bannister goes on to say, “…all religions are not the same, all gods are not equal, and the differences make a difference.”

God Sets Himself Apart

He’s right. As it has been rightly pointed out by other Christian apologists, such an argument makes a category error by placing the God of Israel who created the universe, in with gods whom the universe created. God Himself makes the distinction…


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