Last fall a Christian distributor donated a box of DVDs to hand out at a conference sponsored by the seminary where I teach. The DVDs consisted of a collection of comedy sketches by various Christian comedians. So why, you ask, did the distributor donate the DVDs? Why didn’t they just sell them? I too asked that question and was informed that one of the comedy sketches included a comedian making the following “argument” as part of his routine:
There must be a God because the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin hasn’t died yet.
Steve Irwin, you will remember, had a popular program on television several years ago now in which he would wrestle with crocodiles in the wild and get into all sorts of other shenanigans. The joke seemed funny when the comedian delivered it in 2005.
Steve Irwin died in 2006.
The DVDs were donated in 2010.
The legacy of bad arguments for God’s existence lives on.