Which is More Narrow-Minded: Atheism or Christianity?

UST to be upfront, I don’t think this is a terribly important question. But I hear it all the time. A student asked me today how she might respond to an atheist friend who asked how she copes with the narrow view that Jesus is the only way to God. “It’s just so narrow-minded,” her friend told her.

I’ve been told the same thing from skeptic friends. Though which worldview is the most narrow doesn’t prove or disprove anything, the question overlooks a couples simple facts. First, atheists think all religious views are flat wrong. Second, Christians agree with the vast majority of humanity, that there is something more, something greater than nature. On this perspective, who is more narrow-minded?

Another point this question seems to ignore is that Christianity is still the world’s largest religion. I’m not sure how it is narrow to be in agreement with the largest population of religious persons in the world. Again, that doesn’t prove or disprove Christianity is true.

Put in this way, atheism is categorically narrow-minded. As a minority position, atheism claims that the vast majority of humans, nearly the entire world’s population, are the ones in the wrong. How is that not the textbook definition of narrow-minded?

I do understand why the exclusive claims of Christianity, the belief that Jesus is the only way, is offensive (John 14:6). I get why people think it sounds elitist. But if you were in a burning building, would it be narrow-minded to point to the only safe way of escape? Some might even go as far as to say that it would be an act of love.

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