[talking about the Village Christian School's policies]
Narrator: In the Handbook, there's a statement of faith. Uh, and, uh, it has seven points, and some of them are: "We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God." "We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." "We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation." Tell me, what hard scientific evidence do you have that the world works this way?
Ronald G. Sipus: [fidgeting] Well, the mistake that a lot of Christians make is trying to convince people that what they believe spiritually... um... can be proven. Now, first of all, there is a lot of historical evidence that Jesus was who he said he was. There's a lot of historical evidence that proves his resurrection. So, if you want, if you're looking for historical and scientific data that proves whether Jesus was and existed and resurrected, there's evidence that, that, that will produce that. But the fact of the matter is, it's, it is a faith issue.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Sam Harris: Faith really is a conversation-stopper. If somebody says, "It's my faith that life is sacred and God creates life and man should not meddle in it," then that really stops the conversation. There's no - You can't challenge someone further and treat them as though they're drawing their ethics out of The Iliad and The Odyssey, which is really what I think we should be able to do. When, when, when the President of the United States says, "I, I plan to appoint common-sense judges who know that our rights are derived from God," I think someone in the White House Press Corps should be able to stand up and say, "How is that different from thinking you're going to appoint common-sense judges who think our rights are derived from Zeus?" And that's clearly an impertinent question, but it's a totally reasonable question.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Richard Dawkins: Now, you raised the question of religious people saying that atheists don't have any particular reason to be good and any particular reason to choose morality rather than immorality. If that were true, wouldn't it be a terrible indictment of the, um, weakness of the morality which religious people claim is the only reason they're being moral: is that they're frightened of God. Whereas, atheists who are moral - and there's no evidence whatever that atheists are less moral than religious people - atheists are moral because they think it's a good thing to be moral, they've worked it out or they've thought about the underlying moral philosophy, rather than being scared into being moral by a kind of Great Headmaster in the Sky who is keeping an eye on them.
Narrator: Yeah, in more than one debate that I'm aware of - in fact, this happens quite a bit - what a theist will say an atheist will be prone to do is raping babies, being completely selfish, killing, murdering, uh, and it does kind of make you wonder if that's how, if that's what *they* would do, if *they* didn't have a god to keep them in line. So, who knows, maybe we're lucky that they do.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Narrator: Yes, I used to be a fundamentalist Christian. I learned the doctrine at my school, Village Christian School in Sun Valley, California. Our school mascot was a Crusader, because our mission was to do battle with the secular world. But not just the secular world. We also knew that Satan worked through other versions of Christianity, and we fought those, too.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Narrator: This is why you don't hear many Christian leaders talking about the early days of Christianity. Because once you assemble the facts, the story is that Jesus lived, everyone forgot, and then they remembered. But it gets even shakier than that.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  Movie: The God Who Wasn't There  quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
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