If someone asked you to explain the basic tenants of Christianity, would you be able to answer? I saw an interview with popular comedian Bill Maher that made me ask myself this question. Furthermore, it made me examine what I am teaching my children. Am I teaching them to be thinkers? Am I teaching them about the Bible at home, not just depending on Sunday school?

In the interview, Bill Maher, who has just released a comedic documentary titled Religulous, implied that most people in America don’t know what they believe. He said he was “frightened” that people take the Bible literally and that “faith makes a virtue of not thinking.” With his movie, he states he wants to ask tough questions and to plant seeds of doubt. And he has a large appeal to America’s youth.

Does faith make a virtue of not thinking? In answer, I’ll use a quote from a review of Religulous, from Plugged In, a website of Focus on the Family:

Luke 10:27 tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” (Emphasis mine.) Christians should never make a virtue of not thinking. Nor, historically speaking, have we. Many of history’s greatest thinkers have indisputably been Christians, and their faith was central to their search for truth.

The battle for our children is heated, sisters. Stay strong! One good thing Bill Maher states in this Bill Maher interview for The Early Show is that he wishes Christians would be more Christlike. Amen to that!

Another great Christian apologetics website aimed at defending the faith is Ravi Zacharias International. Also check out his Let My People Think broadcast.