A Response to Hemant Mehta’s (The Friendly Atheist) Post about Stand to Reason’s Email
by Amy K Hall
I’ve received some emails from atheists regarding a recent post by the “Friendly Atheist,” Hemant Mehta, so I thought it might be worth writing a response here.
Mehta’s post is titled “A Christian Bible Camp Brought in a Fake ‘Atheist’ So Kids Could Stump Him,” and it features an STR email that was sent out last weekend describing an atheist role play event one of our listeners/readers held at his camp in order to test his students after a week of training.
Here’s what Mehta had to say:
I imagine the conversation went like this:
“Atheist”: Evolution is real!
Kids: Then why are there still monkeys?
“Atheist”: Oh man! You got me! But at least I’m a good person!
Kids: You can’t be good without God!
“Atheist”: Oh no… this is hard. Uh… uh… Jesus is a myth!
Kids: No He’s not! The Bible says so!
“Atheist”: Damn! You win again! I’m gonna go eat lunch now.
Kids: Here’s a banana.
Even though the email wasn’t describing an STR event (a fact that the commenters and emailers seem to have missed), I highly doubt this is even remotely accurate. I don’t know why Mehta would assume Christian teachers would go easy on students in an exercise like this one, especially if they’re following Stand to Reason’s lead.
Our speakers, as many of you know, have done many atheist role plays with students over the years…