Got any atheist friends? You might try the following to move them out of atheism into one of two kinds of agnosticism. There
are three questions that you can ask your atheist friend which, if answered honestly, necessarily will transmogrify him or her into an agnostic. Here they are:
1. Ask your atheist friend: “Of all the knowledge we could ever attain as a human race, what percentage of that knowledge do you think we possess right now?” [He might say, "Oh, 50%."]
2. Second question: “Okay. Of that 50% of all the knowledge we could ever learn, how much of that 50% do you personally possess?” [He might say, "I'm fairly smart. I did well on the SAT's. I'd say, 10%. Yep. That's right. About 10%!"]
3. “My, your mother must have been proud of you! Third question: ‘Is it possible that of that 10% of that 50% knowledge that you have, is it possible that evidence for God outside of your present knowledge exists?” [An honest atheist would have to say, “Well, yes, I guess it’s possible.”]
“Congratulations,” you now say. “You’ve moved from the category of ATHEIST (someone who declares there is no evidence of God) to the category of AGNOSTIC (someone who says, “I don’t know if there is any evidence of God.”).
You might then say, “Might I ask you one more question? What kind of agnostic are you?”
He might respond, “What do you mean, ‘What KIND of agnostic am I?’ You mean democrat or republican?”
“No, no,” you say. “I mean it appears there are two kinds of agnostic: the APATHETIC AGNOSTIC and the EAGER AGNOSTIC. Which one are you? The APATHETIC AGNOSTIC says “There may be evidence for God — but I don’t care. Get out of my face or I will sick my dog on you!” The EAGER AGNOSTIC says, “I don’t know of any evidence for God — but if you have any, will you share it with me?” “Which kind are you, my friend?”
In our next blog we will talk about how to deal with both types of agnostics — and how this line of reasoning can be (profitably)
used against the Christian!
Discussion Questions: How might this line of reasoning be used against the Christian? And how can such an attack be of benefit to the Christian’s witness?