Chris O’Dowd is an actor who made some comments about religion in Britain’s GQ magazine. Being an actor doesn’t make him any smarter or dumber than anybody else. His opinions are one in around 7 billion at any given time. Opinions are free, and he’s free to espouse them, even if they display a great deal of ignorance.
His role as an actor, however, gives him a platform for his ideas that most people do not have. As a result, they deserve greater scrutiny (James 3:1).
“O’Dowd thinks following a religion will eventually become as offensive and unacceptable as racism. . . . He says religious doctrine is halting human progress and brands it ‘a weird cult.’” No doubt there are some religionists that are halting human progress. Islam is a good example. Also, climate change dogmatists.
Like all atheists, Chris O’Dowd is an atheist living off the stolen capital of a specifically Christian worldview. The Western world that gives him his freedoms, technology, medicine, art, legal system, and so much more was conceived in the womb of Christianity.
The Bible states unequivocally that an atheist is a “fool” (Psalm 14:1; also see 10:4; 36:1; 53:1). Keep in mind that in biblical terms calling somebody a fool is serious business. Jesus said so Himself (Matt. 5:22). But it’s the Bible that states that a self-admitted atheist is a fool. It’s definitional. Atheist = fool.
This is easy to show in a number of ways. First, the Bible maintains that everybody knows God exists, “because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19-20; see Ps. 19:1-2). Atheists suppress the truth of God’s existence for any number of reasons, but fundamentally it’s to give them intellectual and moral autonomy.
Second, there is nothing in our world that does not have a cause. The shoes and suit Chris O’Dowd wears, the production of the films he stars in (cameras, lights, video tape, microphones, etc.), the automobiles he drives, the house where he lives were designed and manufactured by intelligent beings. There are no exceptions. And yet he claims with certainty, as less than a mere speck in the expanse of the universe, that there is no God behind it all. That is the nature of the fool. He could not be so foolish about anything else, but of this, that there is no God, he is certain and extolled and praised by his peers.
Third, a true atheist could never live consistently with his or her atheism. If someone came out of a crowd and killed O’Dowd, there is nothing in the darkness of space or in the atomic structure of the cosmos that could or would say that the act was a grave moral evil. O’Dowd’s permanent end would be no different from that of history’s greatest mass murderers since there is no one to judge beyond the grave. Hitler and others may be vilified on this side of death, but not on the other side. At death all the mass murderers of history would be morally equal to Chris O’Dowd.
Fourth, we have evidence of what a world without the Christian religion would be like.
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