Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Nightline to present Christianity debate

News Release
ABC is launching a new series called Nightline Face-Off, but it will launch it on the company's broadband service, ABC News Now, and the Nightline section of its Website, before it airs on the Nightline broadcast.
Not easing into the format, Nightline's inaugural face-off will be between atheists and Christians over the existence of God.
On the Christian side will be former Growing Pains star turned minister Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, Cameron's co-host on religious reality show, The Way of the Master. They will square off against the creators of, a group and Website that offers to give copies of documentary "The God That Wasn't There" to the first 1,001 people who will post a video to YouTube showing them "damning themselves."
When ABC ran a story in January about hundreds of atheists video-taping themselves blaspheming the Holy Spirit, Ray Comfort contacted the network and told them he could prove God’s existence, absolutely, scientifically, without mentioning the Bible or faith . He said that he and Kirk would like to challenge the two originators of the “Blasphemy Challenge” to a debate on the existence of God. ABC loved the idea. The debate will be filmed for Nightline in New York City, and will be streamed LIVE on their website on May 9th, 2007.
The site is the handiwork of the Rational Response Squad, an atheist support group that Nightline featured on a January broadcast, prompting Comfort and Cameron to challenge them to a verbal duel.
ABC will debut the debate May 9 at 2 p.m. online and then air it during Nightline's regular 11:35 time period.
The debate will be moderated by Nightline co-anchor Martin Bashir
What an embarrassment!
How does one even speak of God without speaking of The Bible or faith. Sure God exists in every corner, but faith in something is at the center of all our talk, especially our talk about God. One will have faith in God or faith in something else. But, as Rob Bell states in Velvet Elvis, everyone is a believer in something... the question is: “A Believer in what?”

Finally, what difference will it make if one proves the existence of God scientifically? Will this proof translate into more Disciples, more peace, more Grace… more God?

What and embarrassment!


Blogger B. Siefert said...

As an old, wise saint once put it (and yes, I'm paraphrasing): "Any God who would allow us to prove his existence would cease to be God." What would Hauerwas have to say about this mess? An Enlightenment hangover is what we've got going on here. Good post.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Nate Loucks said...

When I found out about this "debate" all I could think of was, "Is that the best ABC could get for both sides?"

10:22 AM  
Blogger Rev JJ said...

AAARRRGGGHHHH. Why is Kirk Cameron suddenly the spokesperson for Christianity? If only Corey Haim was available, we could get another Teen Beat coverboy to explain the majesty of the Creator of Heaven and Earth in 15 minutes or less.

8:06 PM  

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