Tag Archive | faith and reason

If Hitler played tennis

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post called Don’t do this to Jesus, about how many of us, Christians and non-Christians alike, tend to distort the image of Christ by trying to make him more relevant or appealing. You can read that post here.

I’d like to go back to one of my thoughts and expand it a bit.

Many agnostics and atheists, as well as followers of other religions, accept Jesus as a great teacher with a helpful message.

This seems like a cozy blanket of we’re-all-in-this-togetherness, and I respect the inclusive approach, but there is a massive oversight just below the surface. Bear with me for a moment.

Let’s say when Hitler wasn’t spreading hate-laced propaganda and seeking the destruction of those outside the Arian race, he played tennis with his friends. But not just a pick up game here and there. Let’s say he was phenomenal, Pete Sampras with a tiny mustache. He made time for autographs and always tipped the ball boys.

Do you think you would ever see an ESPN Classic special on the incredible serving skills of the infamous Adolf? How about a training DVD called Mein Swing: The Hitler Technique?

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Faith and Reason. Imagine That.

I recently watched a documentary covering an ongoing debate about the existence of God between a Christian pastor and a well-known atheist, filmed in bars and lecture halls (I’ll place a link towards the end.) It was fascinating, and one of the most candid films about faith I have seen. The pastor is Douglas Wilson. The atheist is Christopher Hitchens.

If you haven’t heard of Christopher Hitchens, you need to fix that problem. Like now. He is one of the most notable anti-believers of this generation. The dude is a rock star. He’s the author of over a dozen books, all of which continue to sell strongly even after his death; he lost a battle to cancer in 2011. Still, his influence only grows. There are websites dedicated entirely to his quotes. It’s remarkable.

Let me make sure we’re clear, I am not a Hitchens fan. I believe in the God he spent most his life trying to erase, but it would be foolish to ignore his words.

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