I laughed and didn’t pay much attention when I saw the Christian Post article about an “atheist activist” named Patrick Greene had converted to Christianity. Yes, I know such stories are like catnip for Christians, but I’d never even heard of this guy. His reasons for converting seemed awfully dumb to me:
“There’s been one lingering thought in the back of my head my entire life, and it’s one thought that I’ve never been able to reconcile, and that is the vast difference between all the animals and us,” Greene told The Christian Post on Tuesday, as he began to explain his recent transformation from atheist to Christian. The theory of evolution didn’t answer his questions, he says, so he just set those questions aside and didn’t think about them anymore.
But when the Christians in a town that had reason to be angry with him showed him a gesture of love, he began reconsidering his beliefs altogether. He eventually began to realize that evolution would never have the answer to his questions, he says, and it was at that time he began to believe in God.
“I kind of realized that the questions I [was] asking you just had to accept on faith without doubting every period and every comma,” he said. He later began studying the Bible, both the Old Testament and the Gospels, and also discovered his belief that Jesus is the Son of God.
Wow, how terribly compelling. But Staks Rosch actually interviewed the guy and he offered an even dumber argument:
“What got me to Jesus was very simple. With the education levels and knowledge of the societies back 2,000 years ago, Jesus had to be the son of God, because the people there would not have the imagination to make up stories like walking on water, rising from the dead, and changing water into wine.”
Uh, what? Has he never read Greek mythology? They had the imagination to think up crazier things than that. This is such an utterly moronic argument that I’m beginning to wonder if Greene is really such an idiot, or is he perhaps playing a prank on Christians, claiming to have converted for the dumbest possible reasons just to see them make such a big deal over him? If the latter, it’s pretty clever. If the former … well, good riddance from the atheist movement.