Monday, December 19, 2005

A Barbara Walters Special On The Afterlife

I just saw Bill O'Reilly and Barbara Walters, on "The O'Reilly Factor", discussing her program on the afterlife that will air tomorrow night on ABC. The program looks bad, and the discussion between O'Reilly and Walters was absurd.

O'Reilly repeatedly suggested that nobody can be confident about the afterlife. He frequently makes erroneous and incoherent comments about religion, even though he sometimes takes commendable positions on issues related to religion, such as his opposition to the secularizing efforts of the A.C.L.U.

Millions of people will watch O'Reilly's program and the Barbara Walters special tomorrow and come away with the same sort of ignorance and poor thinking that those programs have advanced. I doubt that much, if anything, will be said about evidence for Jesus' resurrection or the Divine inspiration of the Bible, for example. I expect the Barbara Walters special to repeatedly fail to follow the arguments of its participants to their logical end, and I expect large amounts of relevant information to be ignored or poorly addressed.

See here for an article I wrote on near-death experiences this past summer.