"Give Me an Answer"
Posted in the New Canaan Forum
#1 Oct 2, 2011
I have watched this program by Cliffe Knechtle a number of times and was looking for an appropriate forum to share my views in, as Mr. Knechtle is a New Canaan resident.
The problem with this program is repetitiveness and a lack of originality.
On his site, the following is stated:
"The “Give Me An Answer” ministry began as an outgrowth of the dialogues Cliffe Knechtle has had with students on various university campuses throughout the United States. These universities include the University of Maine, Harvard, MIT, University of Florida, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, Berkeley, Stanford, University of Hawaii and the University of Washington."
What is too bad about these "debates" is a lack of academic rigor and skepticism opposing Mr. Knechtle's efforts to "defend Christianity", theism, and moral absolutes. The problem with Mr. Knechtle is not theism vs. atheism, or moral absolute vs. relativism; the problem is quite frankly that of relevance of his message and the lack of intellectual rigor of his program.
The issues brought up are repetitive and stilted: that all the selfish atheist wants to do is have sex, drive fast cars and make lots of money to fuel his responsibility. The reality is that most intelligent atheists do not want to do such things but are so turned off by the fake, phoney, two-bit frauds they see in most Christian groups, people that you regularly see on Fox News and at Republican events, with their shallow pronouncements on "family values", the "Puritan work ethic", the "war" on terrorism, protecting Israel as good Christian-Zionists, etc., while defending the corrupt American materialistic system. So intelligent, thinking people prefer not to accept the "Give Me an Answer" drivel.
I would hope that there would occasionally be a few competant students in Mr. Knechtle's program--it appears that they get edited out. There are serious problems on college campuses in terms of people trying to have healthy relationships amidst the rampant promiscuity, alcoholism, and the wasteful expense of the average college degree, if it does not lead to a productive career. In reality, Mr. Knechtle does little to oppose the rock, sex, drug counter-culture with his TV forums. Perhaps someone will come along with greater energy and intelligence to do just that.
#2 Oct 9, 2011
Don't expect Mr. Knechtle to answer this or other difficult questions here or on other forums. He shut down his question and answer forum. Maybe people started asking tough questions, like asking questions about his handlers and wealthy contributers many of whom have been workers at investment banks and hedge funds. The question is why isn't judgment happening in the household of Christian faith; why aren't those who have been involved in shady business practices in the financial industry coming clean or being expelled from the church, instead of being given cover as long as they pay their tithes, etc., to their respective churches and charities? The fact is, giving money to "God" is not atonement.
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