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LA CROSSE, Wisc., Feb. 21, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- What's going on? Are all universally saved, after all? Did Richard Dawkins become a Christian? Did he… remain an atheist, and STILL go to heaven? Such questions leap to mind when presented with title of the newest short story collection released by author and Christian apologist Anthony Horvath: "Richard Dawkins, Antony Flew, and Mother Teresa Go to Heaven."

Written over a span of two years, these three short stories detail what happens as each of the individuals come face to face with the reality of life after death. From Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to God but felt abandoned by Him to Antony Flew who vowed to 'follow the evidence,' to Richard Dawkins, who with Bertrand Russell said, "Not enough evidence!" these stories draw from what is known publicly to imagine what would happen in this most private of moments.

The book is currently only available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook.

Author and apologist Anthony Horvath explains his purpose, "I have found that when I read stories their impact goes beyond the ideas they present. My whole being is stirred by them. That is why I also try to use stories. Antony Flew and Mother Teresa, of course, are deceased, but Richard Dawkins is still alive. I'd be interested to find out if he agrees with me on how he'd react when finally face to face with the Truth he was wrong about all along. I think that question is something we can all ponder, since even Christians will discover that there were points we misunderstood or were mistaken about. What will our response be?"

Horvath's apologetics ministry, Athanatos Christian Ministries, is unique in its attempt to use the arts and literature to make its case for Christianity along with more traditional methods of providing argument and evidence. From its annual Christian writing contests to its annual online apologetics conference featuring a defense of the family through film (keynote Gene E. Veith, with Jason Jones of "Bella" and Dallas Jenkins of "What If", and others), ACM attempts to engage the culture and call on other Christians to do the same.

"Let's face it," Horvath says, "People are moved as much by Story as they are by Evidence. And we've got the best Story in town."

Anthony Horvath, Christian Newswire 72 Comments [2/25/2011 4:40:54 AM]
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Old Viking

I'll wait for the movie.

Flew, incidentally, did not profess a late-in-life belief in Christianity. In his 80's he found a vague, impersonal, deist sort of god.

2/25/2011 3:13:54 PM

Xotan

@ praxagora

Thanks for that.

Actually, apart from the merest smattering of modern Greek, dhen 'omilo illinika.

Even so drinking blood and eating flesh - combined with undying god.... Undying pretty much equals undead.

2/25/2011 4:10:23 PM

Mrs. Antichrist

Does this count as a fanfic or a hatefic?

2/25/2011 5:16:17 PM



Religion is story - it's myth. I don't see a problem with anyone who acknowledges that.

2/25/2011 6:05:25 PM

Argle Bargle

I've read the excerpts from Pharyngula, and all I see are same old scare tactics that fundies think count as a compelling argument. The greatest show on earth, it is not.

2/25/2011 6:06:01 PM



I agree with him on one point, and that is that people are moved by stories more than by evidence. We learn through talking.

This isn't even that fundie, when you look at the rest of this site.

2/25/2011 8:02:02 PM

Panz

Wee, more Christian fantasy stories

"Christian apologist "

Uh, fundies, being an apologist isn't really a good thing in the context you use it.

2/25/2011 8:55:24 PM

Raised by Horses



And the reason Mr. Horvath and others are resorting to stories is because... wait for it, I hear that pesky "E" word coming again... that's right, they have no evidence to support their claims.

As a side note: The story on Mr. Dawkins is apparently only seven pages long. You took 2 years to write seven pages? Are you typing one paragraph per month?

2/25/2011 9:03:12 PM

Iczer-four

Narnia? Hey didn't the Jesus allegory lion get beheaded by a nerd on a unicorn?

2/25/2011 9:39:23 PM

Anon2

Of course, this collection of pathetic stories by Mr. Horvath is mentioned on Richard Dawkins Blog.

Among the many comments at this blog entry, one comment stood out. I'd like to quote it here:

"A far better story would be to have Richard Dawkins standing there on judgement day in front of all the billions of humans from history, decrying the laughable kangaroo court, while increasing numbers of heaven-bound believers hold up 'God is worse than Gaddafi' placards as Richard's eloquence outdoes even that of Danton and everyone is persuaded that the system is a mockery.

There then follows a revolution in which God is ousted.....after him and his son give several totally incoherent and rambling speeches warning of civil war......and sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, running secret torture camps, and massacring his own people."

2/26/2011 2:59:26 AM

whatever

"There then follows a revolution in which God is ousted.....after him and his son give several totally incoherent and rambling speeches warning of civil war......and sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, running secret torture camps, and massacring his own people."

Congratualtions on the winnning the Internet Trophy 2011, Anon2!

2/26/2011 3:34:53 AM

Lpopman

What nonsense!

PZ Meyers has some interesting critique over on Pharyngula. Horvath's idea of heaven is pretty mental. It seems worse than the hell that he put Dawkins in.

"Let's face it," Horvath says, "People are moved as much by Story as they are by Evidence. And we've got the best Story in town.", says it all really.

2/26/2011 3:45:44 AM

nutcase

Ugh! What a gruesome little man Horvath is. His rndering is plenty 'darned' enough for me. Observe:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/02/richard_dawkins_goes_to_heaven.php

2/26/2011 6:08:18 AM

The Bad Guy

Except the bible ISN'T the best story.
One-dimensional characters, constant repetition, countless inconsistencies, deeply flawed morals, etc.

2/26/2011 12:25:45 PM

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"People are moved as much by Story as they are by Evidence. And we've got the best Story in town."

Erm, no.

If story was enough to induce me to worship someone, I would be fervently worshipping Mystra or the Force.

Actually Judeo-Christian God would rank pretty much at the bottom of my list.

2/26/2011 12:36:12 PM

Adrian

Listen, Horvath, as an atheist I do Biblegod the kindness of not believing in him/it. As far as I'm concerned he's simply the villain of a crappy, oncoherent piece of fiction, a distasteful character but ultimately just a construction of the mind, not worth wasting energy getting upset about.

Should I discover that I was wrong and that this monster exists, only a brainwashed sheep could expect me to start worshipping it... I would turn into a misotheist, not into a Christian.

""Let's face it," Horvath says, "People are moved as much by Story as they are by Evidence. And we've got the best Story in town.""

How nice of you to admit that the only thing you have going for you is appeal to emotion.

2/26/2011 3:18:53 PM

Brianisha

Ive heard better stories from Dragonlance novels. Better gods and goddesses too.

2/26/2011 7:17:53 PM



Somebody hasn't got the meaning of evidence(specially when he talked about Mother Theresa).

2/27/2011 4:28:46 AM

kuribo

hey, I just read about another religious fellow who grew up in la crosse. His name was ed gein.

2/27/2011 7:06:27 AM

Shadoboy

I can write a similar book.

"Anthony Horvath dies and when he arrives into Valhalla he finds himself face to face with Odin who asks him why he didn't die in battle..."

3/9/2011 11:38:41 PM

Anon-e-moose

@Anon2

"Among the many comments at this blog entry, one comment stood out. I'd like to quote it here:"

'A far better story would be to have Richard Dawkins standing there on judgement day in front of all the billions of humans from history, decrying the laughable kangaroo court, while increasing numbers of heaven-bound believers hold up 'God is worse than Gaddafi' placards as Richard's eloquence outdoes even that of Danton and everyone is persuaded that the system is a mockery.

There then follows a revolution in which God is ousted.....after him and his son give several totally incoherent and rambling speeches warning of civil war......and sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, running secret torture camps, and massacring his own people.'

Idi Amin. Nicolae Ceausescu. Saddam Insane. Hosni Mubarak. And soon to join that list, Muammar Gaddafi.



God = Hitler. In light of the above evidence (and it's all there in the Old Testament. The literal Word of God), no fundie has the right to say otherwise. Your so-called 'God' = Evil. Which means he's not the 'God of Love' he claims to be. Thus he's a contradiction to himself. Therefore he doesn't exist. Ergo, Atheism. Q.E.D., bitches.


Moral: Frankly, if Satan existed, he's far more worthy of praise, worship - even respect.; certainly belief (if he existed). As proven above, he's shown infinitely more mercy. Now you tell me, Anthony: why are we supposed to believe in, never mind worship, this monstrous hyper-dictator of a 'God' of yours, again...?!

Here endeth the lesson.

3/10/2011 10:19:38 AM

Anon-e-moose

@John

'... even Christians will discover that there were points we misunderstood or were mistaken about.'

"This happens all the time. They're called "former Christians". Finally one day they say "Wait a minute. You're telling me God changed His mind about the Curse of the Magic Fruit (CMF) and said 'OK, I'll tell you what: I’ll send down My son – who’s really Me in disguise – and let you torture Me to death, and that’ll reward Me for removing the CMF that was put on you by Me'? How does that make sense? If you had a grudge against someone for eating your favorite apple, would you demand that they nail your son to a cross to earn your forgiveness?"

'Let's face it," Horvath says, "People are moved as much by Story as they are by Evidence. And we've got the best Story in town.'

O RLY? (emphasis added):

'We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.'

-Gene Roddenberry

And he wrote up a storm of a story; one in which it's central character - Captain James T. Kirk - was so awesome, he even bested God himself:

'What does God need with a starship?'

-"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"

3/11/2011 10:17:57 AM
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