Watch this video and consider how you would respond to the arguments. Warning there is some inappropriate language.
First, let’s respond to what Stephen Fry had to say.
For all his sound and fury, the god that Stephen Fry is railing against is not the Christian God. Fry makes his god the author of evil. Christian theology is consistent, God is not the source of evil. James 1:13 reminds us that God is not evil and does not tempt others to do evil.
Genesis 3, whether you want to read it literally or metaphorically, tells us that sin entered the world through the rebellion of free will creatures. This sin, according to Romans 8:20, has brought corruption and decay into the world.
The reason this is important is because Fry appealed to peoples’ emotions to convince them to walk away from God, but the god he described is not the God of the Bible. This argument clearly demonstrates that he is ignorant of basic Christian theology.
The story of redemption, restoration, and new creation that is woven through the pages of the Bible is the story of the God who is fighting against the evil, the injustice, and the suffering of the world. Much of the good in the world can be traced back to Christian foundations. Science, medicine, personal liberty, charity organizations, and hospitals all have roots in a Christian Worldview.
Isn’t it interesting that Fry says he would reject his straw man god based on it being mean-minded, capricious, and stupid. He would rather have the Greek gods, because they understand the appetites of humans.
I am no expert in Greek mythology, but it seems to me that the Greek gods were exactly as he described his straw man god. They were petty and capricious, and they loved to meddle in the lives of humans, often bringing them great misery.
It is clear that Stephen Fry is an articulate person, and he is able to deliver a well sounding argument, but those two things don’t make it correct. By not addressing the true nature of the Christian God, Fry reveals that he is ignorant of the God he claims not to like.
Vox Day’s take down of Fry is much better than mine. Atheism and the Problem of Ignorance.
Now, let’s focus on what Kyle Kulinski said.
I got a good laugh out of this segment. When Kulinski said that Fry’s argument was super intellectual, I knew he was not as smart as he would have us to believe. Fry’s argument was not intellectual, it was emotional. It didn’t deal with evidence or arguments, but appealed to peoples’ universal hatred of suffering, and claimed that God was the one responsible. I will give him that Fry’s argument was well thought out, but that doesn’t make it intellectual.
Kulinski tries to pull this same emotional trick near the end of the video when he said, “Are you pro bone cancer?” Yes, you figured it out, I believe in God because I am pro bone cancer and pro insects that eat out peoples’ eyes.
That is ridiculous! Every Christian I know hates these types of things. You know why? Because God hates them.
Christians have always fought against the disease and decay that plague the world. One of the reasons that Christianity grew in the first two centuries was because Christians helped nurse sick people back to health when the rest of the world headed to the hills. It was Christian beliefs that led to the rise of hospitals, medicine, and science. Christians believe we have a mandate from God to fight against the evil in the world.
Kulinski also stated that if he applied at the least 2% of his rationality, then there is not enough evidence to believe in God. The implication of this thought is that those of us who do believe are just dumb people who believe a delusion. He is not humble enough to think that there might be evidence that he doesn’t know about. He just claims that he is more rational than believers.
Then he has the audacity to claim HE is the humble one. Dude, seriously, if you have to tell people you are humble, that usually means you aren’t. Playing a passive aggressive word game with the word agnostic doesn’t help your case. Yes, agnostic means not knowing, but just because you don’t know doesn’t make you humble.
Kulinski mistakenly assumes that Christians don’t believe in other gods, other than the God of the Bible. I am not an atheist towards all other gods, I believe they exist, and have power over the lives of people. The apostle Paul wrote:
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:10-12; NLT)
These rebellious angelic beings have posed as gods throughout history. I reject them, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe they exist. The reason I reject them is because I believe there is only one true Creator who loves His creation enough to die for it.
Finally, it is true that religion is, at least in part, a product of culture. The fact that I was born in the United States to Christian parents has impacted my decision to be Christian. Given the percentages, it is very likely that if I was born in another part of the world then I would be a follower of a different religion.
This reality has nothing to do with the truth of Christianity. Rather, it provides the reason why Jesus commands his followers to go and make disciples of all nations. Most of the world will not discover the truth on their own, and the result is that they will not come to know their Creator. These people will not know God if people don’t go and tell them. I don’t arrogantly think Christians are the special ones who got things right. I realize how easy it would be for me not to know God, and that provides motivation to do what I can to tell others of the Good News of Jesus.
Stephen Fry in no way annihilates God. His emotional based argument reveals that he is ignorant of the very God he is trying to condemn. Kyle Kulinski might want us to believe that he has humbly examined the evidence for God and has chosen not to believe, but in reality his arrogance has blinded him to the fact that he has only seen a small part of the evidence.