Blasphemy Challenge: Father Matthew Presents

Episcopal priest, the Rev. Matthew Moretz, responds to the Blasphemy Challenge, hoping to foster reconciliation between Christians and Atheists. Peace be with you! The semi-weekly series continues. Check the rest of my YouTube account for the latest comparing Mary Poppins and Jesus?!

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25 Responses to “Blasphemy Challenge: Father Matthew Presents”

  1. FatherMatthew Says:

    @DizzyDior12 Christians (non-fundamentalist ones) don’t read the Bible harshly. They wrestle with it, reading it through the lens of the God we know through Jesus Christ (the supreme demonstration for us of God’s presence) and so much of the Bible falls short of this standard, and that is okay. And we also have tradition to hone our faith (the Spirit still speaks) for example in our recent insight that slavery is dead wrong. This was found through a Gospel narrative by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

  2. dendryite Says:

    Good parody, good costume.

  3. ksniveegirl Says:

    Actually, I have to give you credit for tactfully and respectfully responding for the blasphemy challange. Although we do not share the same beleifs, your video is very refreshing. Keep it up! =)

  4. rm991 Says:

    @FatherMatthew No, I’m bringing it up along with the many instances in the OT in which god asks for sacrifices because you were saying the explanation of Jesus’ sacrifice was that god was trying to, in small steps, eliminate the horrors of sacrifice which humans themselves created. The example of Jephtha and the OT where god requires sacrifices are evidence that this explanation is not adequate. It’s not valid to just ignore it because it is inconvenient.

  5. FatherMatthew Says:

    @rm991 The idea is that sometimes people speak for God or write for God in the Bible’s case, yet when you compare it later to God in Jesus, some of it falls short of that great witness. It is sad to me that fundamentalists have so dominated that even outsiders read the Bible as if it were a compilation of facts about God, and not a dynamic, multivocal family repository of our wrestling with God. Come to an Episcopal service, and see how the emphasis is on Christ, and not a perfect Bible.

  6. FatherMatthew Says:

    @rm991 Christianity is much more practice-based than doctrine-based. Where has this obsession with believing correct dogmas and doctrines gotten us? It creates great dramas on both sides.Obsession with being right and having the whole truth has not served the Gospel well at all, nor has it kept us humble and honest. go to the four Gospels and read what Jesus actually taught, He talks much more about the “How”(practices which we ourselves must do) rather than “What” (arguments and correctness).

  7. MrDevilBunny Says:

    I’m an atheist, former Episcopalian, and this video reminds why Episcopalians are so cool. Keep up the work, while I disagree with your religious beliefs, I think it’s great that moderate Christians speak out against those who use threats, bullying, and failed logic to scare people. Keep up the great work, and peace be with you.

  8. Spirituality1980 Says:

    Thank you for this video, Father Matthew! I really liked it. Respect and God bless!

  9. steveinchelsea Says:

    He’s trying to be reasonable, but hey, why should people live their lives based on fairy tales of semi-nomadic people of 2-3,000 years ago?

  10. rjky1986 Says:

    Well said Father Matthew.

  11. rm991 Says:

    @FatherMatthew I disagree that Christianity was more like that. It always had its rituals and beliefs that were central to it and over which the earliest Christians fought one another. Jesus also emphasized blind faith and obedience which are necessary for such dogma based religion. However some modern Christians are trying to make it more like you describe. Something I applaud and fully support.

  12. SoretaYuki Says:

    @GeorgiaAtheist

    So you’re going to reply to an honest attempt to reach out to atheists and an honest attempt to say “ok, you’re telling us to back off… I hear you…” with a straight up attack?

    How very intolerant of you. A nice little trick you’ve learned from the religious I see…

    I am an atheist, a very militant and outspoken one at that, but I can recognize the difference between speaking out and just picking a fight for the hell of it.

    Way to fly the freethinking atheist flag….

  13. pcmodhouse Says:

    I still think Jesus is silly, but good video none the less

  14. chiyokokai Says:

    Originally when I found this, I was thinking “Oh God a father preaching about this…..help us all.” But actually you do a very good job and do enlighten people, on both sides of the spectrum. I have to say props to you, because you are not on here using those manipulative ways to spread your religion, or speak about it for that matter. I thank you and respect you for that. If only more people acted that way, then maybe their wouldn’t be so much hate and fighting between religions.

  15. owensauce Says:

    yeah man, I fully like this video.. very fresh and non-imposing..
    if every religious person was like you, I would have almost no problem with religion!

  16. 54T4NL0L Says:

    man thats cold!

  17. lnntnk Says:

    Atheism actually is a Greek word, which contains the sense of god. Being an atheist, according to that, means that you recognise the sense of a supreme creature which created the cosmos, and therefore, denying it. The importance of recognising this sense comes purely out of the nature of humen’s psychology, the need of control, the hope that somehow their entity isn’t worthless.Conclussion:god(christian or not) is man’s creation.
    (ps. your video is pure propaganda.You sound like a salesman.)

  18. Bloodzwurth Says:

    Fether Matthew, I usually don’t address someone like that but I respect your beliefs, and I am very happy to see you respect the beliefs of others. You have shown sincere tolerance in the face of beliefs contrary to your own and for that I want you to know I respect you more. I find it unfortunate that so many hypocritical Christians give your possition such bad representation. I apologize for the militant atheists that, I am sure, plague you as well.

  19. fusionshredder Says:

    Wow, even though I’m not from a particular religion, What Rev. Moretz said was pretty comforting.

  20. searchforotherlife Says:

    no one has ever said that Jesus does not exist, Of course he does, But even he understood the science of what was going on. And never indented for his truth to be miss interpreted. That has happened with time. Maybe you might want to read the book intelligent design. And see that it is all about love, infinity and peace. Not hate, witch a lot of Christianity has brought into the world. Any way take care. Love and peace to you

    Rick

  21. timwaagh Says:

    You’re cool and I approve. Though I’m a convinced atheist, I understand the need for religion. I even ‘prayed’ a few times when I was feeling really desperate. Like saying ‘gee, I wish Harry Potter was here to save me, he could just wave a wand and everything would be normal’. Of course nobody prays to Harry. Certainly no atheist really knows the thruth. To me the bible is a (bad) work of fiction. If you believe in a god, don’t stop. But don’t base your moral compass on it. atheism is no fun.

  22. FatherMatthew Says:

    @lnntnk Propaganda? Well, I guess so. It is meant to propagate certain ideas. And the salesman comparison. Yes. I guess I am a kind of salesman for God and the Good. Guilty as charged!

  23. AndersonMind Says:

    Hello FatherMatthew, I just found your videos and I have to say that you make me very hopeful. Very often it is the loud atheists and Christians (and other groups) that receive much of the attention. Your calmness and reasonableness is refreshing. You remind me of Carl Sagan a hero of mine. Even though I disagree with Carl about the existence of God (I am a Christian) his calmness and reasonableness made me think without insulting me. the quiet passions of you two is encouraging.

  24. AndersonMind Says:

    Hello FatherMatthew, I just found your videos and I have to say that you make me very hopeful. Very often it is the loud atheists and Christians (and other groups) that receive much of the attention. Your calmness and reasonableness is refreshing. You remind me of Carl Sagan a hero of mine. Even though I disagree with Carl about the existence of God (I am a Christian) his calmness and reasonableness made me think without insulting me. the quiet passions of you two is encouraging.

  25. AndersonMind Says:

    Hello FatherMatthew, I just found your videos and I have to say that you make me very hopeful. Very often it is the loud atheists and Christians (and other groups) that receive much of the attention. Your calmness and reasonableness is refreshing. You remind me of Carl Sagan a hero of mine. Even though I disagree with Carl about the existence of God (I am a Christian) his calmness and reasonableness made me think without insulting me. the quiet passions of you two is encouraging.