You have probably seen it. It’s been all over the internet.

 

Stephen Fry drove the final nails into God’s coffin. Or so it seems. The QI presenter was interviewed on Irish TV channel RTE One and was asked the question: What if you’re wrong about God not existing? What would you say to God when you meet him at the pearly gates? You can see for yourself how Mr Fry answered:

 

There have been thousands of responses all over the internet from both sides of the argument. Atheists have, of course, been applauding, while Christians have been seeking to give answers to some of the points Stephen Fry raises.

I’m not going to add to any of this here, only point you to others who have done a much better job than I ever could.

How can Christians still believe in God in a world of suffering?

This is an important question because it’s an important subject. Read Chris Stead’s very moving article about his experiences and how his Christian faith has been vital for him and his family.

Does Fry have the right God?

Many Christians have pointed out that they don’t believe in the God that Fry describes either. That’s Madeleine Davies’ take on the matter too.

Why does atheism feel so strongly about evil?

Krisk Kandiah has so helpfully answered this question. His article tackles the idea that a godless worldview removes any concept of justice, good or evil.

How does Christianity account for the presence of evil?

This blog post from Glen Scrivener predates Fry’s interview, but answers the particular problem of the parasites that he raises.

 

There are plenty of other responses out there. You might have your own. Tell us what you’ve found helpful below or share your own views.

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    Gerhard says

    Yes, we have heard the responses and Christianity sufficiently responds to the objections to God in the face of evil in the world. Where there is very little response is asking how Atheism is equipped to answer or account for the existence of evil in the world.

    You see, if there is no God and Atheism is true, arenÔÇÖt we then just accidental arrangements of molecules? Thoughts, emotions, moral duties, pain and suffering are then just electro chemical states in our brains. How can an electro chemical state that produces a signal of pain be judged as objectively evil?

    On Atheism, the neurological signal that your body produces telling you that you are in pain is no different from the needle on your carÔÇÖs dashboard telling you that your engine is about to overheat. A chemical state ÔÇÿjust isÔÇÖ and a different chemical state canÔÇÖt be good, evil, worse or better, it is just different. Richard Dawkins puts it another way: ÔÇ£In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifferenceÔÇØ

    CS Lewis over 85 years ago lost his faith in Atheism for this very reason. His Atheism was based on the existence of evil and suffering, but he quickly realised that his rejection of God was also undercutting any objective way of judging something to be objectively good or evil. He then concluded that Atheism was just too simple.

    Does Mr. Fry know this? Does he not realise that his rejection of God undermines any ability to judge the suffering of children as being objectively evil?

    I think he does and that is why he uses examples of children with bone cancer to stir our emotions. The problem with building a case on emotion without God is that the emotions he seeks to stir are just electro chemical states in the brain.

    Maybe the Encyclopaedia of celebrity had it right all along: ÔÇ£Stephen Fry, a stupid personÔÇÖs idea of what a clever person is likeÔÇØ

  2. Richard Wardman
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    Richard Wardman says

    Thanks for responding, Gerhard!

  3. Richard Wardman
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    Richard Wardman says

    Another good response here – http://www.threadsuk.com/thou-shalt-not-question-stephen-fry/

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    James says

    Just to respond to something that Gerhard says, above – I feel sure that Stephen Fry does accept that there is no objective evil. I’m an atheist, and I don’t believe that good and bad are objective things. Just what we accept, and what we don’t accept or dislike.

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