So I just saw Richard Dawkins on TV with Bill O’Reilley. He’s not as obnoxious as I expected (Dawkins that is). But he repeated the common atheist line about how we believe in our God, but we don’t believe in Zeus, or Apollo, or Thor, as if to equate our God with all of these long-forgotten mythological deities.
I think it’s a poor comparison, but I don’t know how to articulate why.
I suppose you could make an argument from historicity, as in, the events of our faith are rooted in historical events that actually happened at a distinct place and time in history. The skeptics of course dismiss or deny much of the history, which is a different argument altogether.
I also don’t know that much about the actual worship of the classical gods, but I suspect it was different in character than our worship of God. I know there were lots of different cults of all of these gods and goddesses, but the way they are portrayed in mythology doesn’t really present them as all-knowing, all-loving deities worthy of worship. They’re more like a bunch of characters in a soap opera with all their dalliances and petty rivalries. So with that, I really wonder how seriously the Greeks and Romans actually took these deities.
Anyway, I’m eager to hear other thoughts on how to respond to this common atheist jab.