Comment by The Big Blue Frog on October 4, 2011 at 5:39pm

He loves to pick on high school and college students in the US who haven't had the benefit of even being taught evolution, due to the controversial nature. It's his own way of creating his straw man to tear down. He's been told how evolution works numerous times, and he continues to misstate it for his own purposes.

Comment by kris feenstra on October 4, 2011 at 5:50pm

Ray tends to be readily satisfied with the quick win.  There are two issues that work in favour of his tactics:

  1. Most people (myself included) hold beliefs and positions on a great number of subjects where we really haven't dived too deeply into the background info.  It's impossible to know everything about everything, yet it is incredibly easy to form opinions.  A lot of people believe that evolution is true, but don't necessarily understand evolution all that well.  What people believe on a personal level, however, has no bearing on the veracity of a theory.
  2. Even for those that do understand evolution and cosmology fairly well, no person has memorized, or even read all of the information that is out there on these subject matters.  If the argument gets taken down to carefully selected minutiae, most people won't be able to provide a satisfactory response.  This is coupled with the fact that we treat the phrase "I don't know" as conceding the point.  If you can force someone to say "I don't know", it lets you muscle in with your version, and they've lost a lot of ground in rebuttal.

 

If you're accustomed to the Ray Comforts of the world, they appear readily transparent.  It's used car salesman tactics, not even at an overly sophisticated level.  If you're caught off guard, I imagine he can throw you for quite a loop.

 

Unfortunately, part of the magic act is to always be selective with his interviewees.  The goal is to paint atheists broadly as a group that really just haven't given the issue any thought.  That's why we believe the silly things we believe.  It's not about reality; it's about what sells.

Comment by kris feenstra on October 4, 2011 at 6:55pm

Im sure they edited out the GOOD conversations about evolution.

 

I've wondered before about how much filtering is actually required here.  In some scenarios, I also wonder if some of the interviews in some of his videos are faked entirely.  It's not that I find it hard to believe that Comfort can find people like those featured; it's just that in some cases, the dialogue seems forced, if not scripted.

 

I watched his mini doc called 180 (I think).  My brother watched and wondered how I could stomach this sort of thing on such a regular basis.  I just replied that after awhile, you get a bit desensitized, and it all starts being hilarious.

Comment by Frankie Scott on October 4, 2011 at 9:19pm

He is asking stupid people!

Comment by Bryan B on October 5, 2011 at 12:48am

Call me optimistic but I'm pretty sure the ray Comforts of the world are fighting a losing battle, there is no stopping progress or a good education.

Comment by Darrell Mont on October 5, 2011 at 4:06am

The sad thing is, Ray Comfort is not stupid. He absolutely knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that everything he says is a bold-faced intentional lie but he says it anyway and intentionally misguides people. I get the feeling if he asked me about evolution, I would not have made the beginning of this film. Why not film Aron-Ra's response and start out with it?

Comment by vinay on October 5, 2011 at 10:11am

Ray comfort is trying to make a quick easy buck though his ministries. Just let him do it !!

Comment by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on October 5, 2011 at 10:43am

Like many others here, I can't stomach much of Ray Comfort's interviewing crap without screaming at the screen. I absolutely believe he only shows the idiots he interviews - the ones he gets all twisted in his pseudo pretzel logic - and never shows the people who actually pwn his ass. When I watch these things I'm reminded of Jay Leno's "Jaywalking", where he goes on the street and asks common people questions, and shows their idiot answers. Obviously he only shows the truly stupid, not the people who actually have a clue.

 

I really do wish that he would man up and go against someone like Richard Dawkins. Hell, I think pretty much anyone on here could give him a run for his money.

 

Of course I'd really rather he go up against Christopher Hitchens, but that would seem like sending a lamb to the slaughter.

Comment by Bill Lewis on October 5, 2011 at 11:29am

The blind talking to the deaf about rainbows.

Comment by Phil Tibbs on October 5, 2011 at 11:59am

The thing that bothers me most about Ray is that he consistently clearly misunderstands (or purposefully misrepresents) the central concepts of evolution.  His idea that a dog and female dog must evolve at the same time is just silly.  He suffers from the notion that evolution is a single force that might act on something randomly, rather than a combination of mutations and natural selection that causes speciation over time.

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