On October the 22nd, 2007 at approximately 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time, something amazing happened. Something so incredible that, if I were not an atheist, I would be tempted to call it a miracle.
At this date and time, Todd Friel actually acted in a rational manner.
I know, Iâ€™m shocked too! And I wouldnâ€™t have believed it if I hadnâ€™t heard it with my own ears. In fact, Iâ€™m so sure that even you, our loyal readers, wonâ€™t believe me, that Iâ€™m going to supply the link. (Itâ€™s the first thing on the show, so donâ€™t worry about searching for it.)
As an atheist, I can pretty much expect to be on the receiving end of abuse when listening to Way of the Master Radio every afternoon. Not direct abuse, of course. Todd and Ray always seem to be a bit reticent to actually come out and bad mouth their ideological enemies. They will, of course, glibly tell you that the bible says atheists are fools and that you're going to hell.
But that's not what I want to talk about. Instead, I want to hit on an interesting trend that has been occuring on the show. As much as Todd likes to go after the atheists, it's surprising how much time he spends going after other Christians.
Just the other day Ray witnessed to a Catholic at Seton Hall, but insisted on referring to it as Satan Hall.
Todd insists that former minister and current atheist Dan Barker was a false convert. Because, of course, had he actually believed he never would have changed his mind.
Anyone who comes to the show and speaks about Jesus' teachings on love and kindness is immediately labeled a liberal with no knowledge of the real Christ.
When you stop to think about it, you realize that Todd Friel really is a Renaissance man. Heâ€™s a radio and TV host, a comedian (or at least he tries to be), an interviewer, and a professional evangelical. But now we have a new label to give Mr. Friel. Psychologist!
While we canâ€™t give him that title officially, Todd did a wonderful job of showing us how much he understands the human psyche. While visiting some churches in Scotland, he asked his tour guide (who had visited America and Canada) two questions.
1. Are European teens more depressed than American teens?
2. If so, why? (Extra points if you can somehow include The Bible in the answer.)
Now to be fair, the first is a very good question. If it hasnâ€™t been done already (and Iâ€™ve looked), a study on the percentage of American teens that suffer from depression versus the percentage of European teens that suffer the same would be very interesting.
It always struck me how easily the boys over at Way of the Master ridicule other religious faiths. In most cases I wonâ€™t really argue with them. Other religions and their corresponding stories are quite sillyâ€¦but so is Christianity.