An atheist attempts to prove to a Catholic priest that 1) the Bible is wrong and 2) God doesn't exist.
The Catholic priest tells the atheist 1) the "Bible is full of fiction" 2) God did not create the world in a week and 3) "you're not supposed to take the Bible literally".
The impression I got (could be wrong) is that this priest thinks the entire Old Testament is pure fiction, with made up stories to be used to prove Jesus is the Christ in the New Testament. (Not sure how anyone can or would want to use fiction to prove a Truth, but this priest seems to think he's making his case that way.)
I was very disappointed with the priest denying what God commanded the Jews under the Old Covenant to do (stoning, death penalty etc.). The priest does this a lot when the atheist mentions the Leviticus Laws. Just own up to it Father! It's in the Bible, God commanded it under the Old Covenant. Period! The priest insists over and over again that it is the "culture" that determined things like stoning- he completely ignores and rejects the fact that God DID command people to be stoned if they were found guilty of certain sins. Its in the Bible NOT because of "culture" but because it's God's Word.
I do give kudos to the priest for TRYING to educate the atheist on 'free will' but sadly, the atheist still doesn't understand it. Of course he's not alone, even the Christian Calvinists don't understand "free will".
What do you think of the discussion?
I wish the discussion had continued...perhaps the atheist will meet with the priest again and record that meeting as well. Since the atheist has such a problem with the Old Testament, I would suggest he also try speaking with a Rabbi about those Leviticus Laws.
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner