Over at his blog, it sure looks like scientist Jerry Coyne confuses a television show with reality. He has a blog entry entitled, “And a little child shall lead them. . .” and writes, “Out of the mouths of babes come, well, see for yourself in this grilling of a priest by two kids.”
Okay, let’s watch:
It looks like the professor wanted so badly for this to be real that he overlooked the possibility that ”out of the mouth of babes come” some good acting and a clever script.
I did, however, find that clip to be quite interesting, as it nicely encapsulates something I have long suspected: when it comes to the topic of God, most atheists do think like little children.
One of Jerry’s acolytes comments, “I think of Hitch when I see the boy.”
Agreed! I also think of Coyne, Harris, and Dawkins when I see the boy. Better yet, when I see Coyne, Hitch, Dawkins, and Harris, I think of the boy. For their arguments are essentially no different – why doesn’t God use his “superpowers” to zap evil out of existence?
Watching the little boy actor stump the priest with their arguments obviously titillates the inner child of the atheist. And this is because, when it comes to the topic of God, the inner child of the atheist is essentially the same as the intellectual life of the atheist. This would explain why it is so difficult to communicate with atheists about God – it is often like getting baited into arguing with a child who is stamping his feet and can only be satisfied by something he is demanding – to see superpowers in action.
If you watched the whole clip, it has a pretty clever twist near the end. The boy finally baits the priest with a situation where Jesus is supposed to “zap” something. Ah, but now the little girl has a problem with such a demonstration of superpowers!