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Did you know there are good and bad atheists, and that in recent years, there has been an increase in bad atheists?
That's the opinion of Ray Comfort, author of the new book, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Them Think, available from WND Books.
We interviewed Ray to find out more about his new book and his controversial book that has non-Christians in an uproar.
Thank you for this interview, Ray. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I am the author of more than 60 books, including, God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists, How to Know God Exists, Evolution: The Fairy Tale for Grownups, and The Evidence Bible. I was a platform speaker at the 2001 27th convention of American Atheists, and in 2007, I appeared on ABC’s Nightline (with actor Kirk Cameron) debating “The Existence of God.” I also co-host an award-winning television program, and have a daily blog called Atheist Central. I've been writing full-time for 32 years.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
In 1977 I looked back on my surfing days and realized that five of my old surfing buddies had strayed into drug use, and had tragically died. I was horrified that so many had needlessly died at a young age, so I wrote a book called My Friends are Dying! (now called Out of the Comfort Zone). It was a dramatic story and received national attention in my home country of New Zealand. The book became a best-seller and paved the way for me to keep on writing.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
I’m a Christian. I love God, and I also love atheists. I had dinner with 40 of them (at their request) early in 2008 and was treated with respect. I was flown across the country by American Atheists, Inc., to be a platform speaker at their 2001 annual convention. I was treated with respect there also. I have a blog called “Atheist Central” and it daily attracts a mass of atheists. Most of them are nice folks, who obey the rules that say “God” must have a capital “G.”
However, there are good and bad atheists, and in recent years we have seen an increase in bad atheists. These radicals go out of their way to try and censor the Bibles from being given to school children, and who sue Rick Warren because he was asked to pray at the Presidential Inauguration, or protest the presence of a nativity scene. Their agenda isn’t to promote atheism. It is the God-given right of every American to be an atheist if that’s what he chooses. But the new atheist’s agenda is to undermine the rights of those who have the freedom to worship the God who gave them life and liberty.
I wrote this book for the many fence-sitters who have been hoodwinked into thinking that a belief in God is just some sort of blind faith. There is a massive amount of credible evidence that proves God exists. There’s creation. You can’t have a creation without a Creator. It is scientifically impossible. That should be enough for us, but there is much more evidence. However, this will only be seen as evidence by those who have the ability to think. That’s why I called the book You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think.
What kind of research did you have to conduct to write your book?
I was in the unique position of having hundreds of atheists ask me questions via my daily blog, Atheist Central. I felt honored that they would bother to ask me how I know God exists, or why there is suffering, or how I can be sure that there is an afterlife. These are questions that almost every sane person asks, but few seem to answer in a meaningful way. I have tried to do that.
How do you deal with rejection?
Quickly. It’s part of writing.
Do you write mainly by day or by night?
For 26 years I have been getting up around 1:00 A.M. most week nights, and writing until around 3:30 A.M.
Do you ever get writer’s block and what do you do when that happens?
I am very fortunate, in that I rarely get writer’s block. If I do, I have a bowl of cereal and get on with life.
Can you tell us a little about the publisher who published your book? How have they been to work with?
This is my first book with World Net Daily. So far they have been wonderful.
Do you blog? If so, what can you tell my readers about the advantages of blogging as a useful tool in book promotion?
My blog is not only useful in book promotion, it is a wonderful provoker of thought.
Do you have a website? Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you?
It's called Living Waters. It is managed by my staff.
What’s next for you?
I am publishing two unique Bibles: The Atheist Bible (unauthorized version) and The Charles Darwin Bible (200th birthday edition). Both of these are published by Holman Bible International Outreach. These should come out early in February, 2009.
Thank you for this interview, Ray! Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?
Yes. I wish them God’s richest blessing for 2009.Powered by Sidelines