One of the many aspects that I love about Ray Comfort’s mercifully short documentary about challenging the views of atheists is that Comfort just eventually gives up. Mid-way through his hour long masturbatory self-promotion fest that doubles as an ego shining for Comfort, he just outright gives up trying to convince his interview subjects and spends about five minutes badgering them in to submission. He relentlessly bugs them in to admitting begrudgingly that they believe in a God, and that they are simply in denial. Ray Comfort is beyond the capacity of accepting that atheists exist, and spends at least a good stretch of the final half of the film insisting: “Come on, you know God exists. Admit it. Admit it. You know it in your heart. You just like to sin, that’s it. Admit it. Do it. Do it!”
At one point he even goads someone with the declaration “You love your porn,” as a reason for their unwillingness to admit to a God’s existence. Hey I love my porn, but if you’re going to give me a compelling argument for another viewpoint that doesn’t rely on the bible, or ancient theological debate traps and pitfalls, I’ll be willing to listen. Then when he can’t guilt his subjects in to submission he turns his God in to a boogeyman insisting God saw them when they were having erotic thoughts, and thinking sinful things. And you better believe or he’s gonna get you! Ray Comfort doesn’t offer any kind of new or outstanding argument. “The Atheist Delusion” is more “How to argue like a stereotypical Evangelical Christian.” Ray Comfort’s “The Atheist Delusion” isn’t so much a documentary as it is a glorified segment of the Jay Leno skit “Jaywalking.”
Rather than research various scientists and discussing ideas and issues with atheists and skeptics, he merely walks in to various environments and tries his best to badger various people that claim they are indeed atheist. And of course he confronts people that are either unprepared for his interview, or simply don’t believe and aren’t experts in the science of evolution and biology. So with crafty editing, Ray Comfort helps his subjects fall in to the clichés of what an atheist is. They’re elderly and senile, young and “going through a phase,” or someone who maybe had such a tough life they denounced their obvious belief in a deity out of childish spite. Those kinds of fallacies and leaps to conclusions are just lazy if classic fallbacks for someone like Comfort who simply can’t think outside the box and is unwilling to consider new ways to challenge the atheist viewpoint.
Along with the aforementioned there’s also the watchmaker argument, the chicken or the egg argument, and yes, even the “God is in the Gaps” argument. But hey, at least we get some insight from Tim Allen. Th-that’s rock solid proof of a God right there.