On October 3, 2014 WLC radio host Bill Cunningham interviewed David Silverman, the President of American Atheists. During the interview, David Silverman made a number of truth claims. This post is intended to capture six of David Silverman’s claims.
The full replay is currently available on WLW’s podcast site: www.700wlw.com/podcast/bill_cunningham.xml
Silverman Truth Claim #1: Because Bill Cunningham was indoctrinated in a Catholic American home, he is a Catholic. If he had been born in a Buddhist country, he would be a Buddhist.
Evangelize Cincinnati Response: How did David Silverman come to know which religion Bill Cunningham would have pursued if he had been born in another country? Do all people follow the religion of their country and family of origin? What about the people in Buddhist countries who were born in Buddhist families but converted to Christianity?
If Christianity is true, it does not matter where someone was born or what their family of origin believed about spiritual things. What matters most is that people believe what is true.
Would David Silverman believe what is true? If Christianity is true, would David Silverman be a Christian?
Silverman Truth Claim #2: David Silverman was born into a Jewish family but “did some research” and now is an atheist.
Evangelize Cincinnati Response: What research shows that atheism is true? Perhaps David will reveal the research in his next book.
Silverman Truth Claim #3: Moses, Abraham, and Jesus never existed.
Evangelize Cincinnati Response: How do you know which people existed? Did Aristotle or Socrates exist? Did George Washington exist? Skeptic Bart Ehrman does not agree with Silverman and wrote a book to inform atheists like Silverman who deny that Jesus existed. This is perhaps the most surprising truth claim made by David Silverman.
Silverman Truth Claim #4: I live a moral life.
Evangelize Cincinnati Response: Really? By whose standard? Your own? That is a subjective standard. Atheist can be moral people. But they can’t ground their morality without an objective source. The Pope and Hitler can both claim to have lived moral lives by their own standards. Unless there is a standard outside ourselves, all moral truth claims are subjective and it is just one man’s opinion against another. Whenever an atheist makes a moral claim, it is appropriate to add, “says me”. In this case, David Silverman says, “I live a moral life … says me.”
Silverman Truth Claim #5: We should “work together to be a more tolerant society.”
Evangelize Cincinnati Response: Is that the #1 goal for society? To be tolerant? Should we tolerant of everyone? Terrorists? People who commit heinous crimes against children? Of course not. I am certain that David Silverman would agree. But for the Christian, the goal is to be loving to all people. Love does not tolerate all behavior but loving Christians tell the truth to all people.
Silverman Truth Claim #6: There is no man in the sky.
Evangelize Cincinnati Response: Will you offer any evidence? On what authority should we accept your truth claim?