By Tom Quiner

Dachau was another Nazi slice of hell on earth.
Arriving prisoners were stripped naked. They had nothing left from their life, not a single material possession, nothing but their faith.



Prisoners were subject to hellish atrocity which included floggings, standing cells, and an insidious form of torture, known as tree hangings. In their effort to keep up with the Romans in the human depravity department, the Nazis would tie prisoners’ hands behind their back and suspend them from a tree.
For added sport, the Nazis would add weights to victims legs to intensify the agony as their arms dislocated from their sockets.
They imposed forced labor on their prisoners, who included Jews, political enemies, and anyone they didn’t like. Some 32,000 prisoners died horrible deaths at Dachau at the hands of an evil, atheistic regime that believed in their own might.
So I have a simple question for you: were the events at Dachau good or evil?
The answer is a no-brainer to 99.9% of the population, who would probably get mad at the question.
On the other hand, atheists struggle to answer. The famous 20th century British philosopher and atheist, Bertrand Russell, acknowledged the question was over his head:

” ‘Dachau is wrong’ is not a fact. Gravity IS a fact. But ‘Dachau is wrong’ is not a fact. I think it’s wrong, but I can’t prove it.”

When God is purged from the equation, simple questions become suddenly complex; truth is no longer Truth; and might makes right.
I’ve never had enough faith to be an atheist. After listening to the evangelical atheist, Matt Dillahunty, grapple with the Dachau question above, I hope I never do.

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  1. fjanusz2 on May 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

    With God *in* the equation, questions of morality remain complex.
    Matt was not asked if he thought Dachau was wrong ( in his debate with David “Bonehead” Robertson, which I assume is what you’re talking about). He was asked if he agreed with something Bertrand Russell had said on the subject. Being asked to comment, not on his own view about Dachau, but on somebody else’s based on a quote with no context, unsurprisingly, he felt unsure as to how to answer.
    Anyway, I have a simple question for you. A victorious army slaughters all the inhabitants of an enemy township, no distinction made between combatants or non-combatants. Men, women, children, babies, elderly all killed. Is that good or evil?
    It would be a no-brainer for 99.9% of the population who would get mad at the question. But theists squirm to find a way to justify it. More than justify it. Make it a virtue because of passages like 1 Samuel 15:2-3.
    When God is put Into the equation, simple questions become complex. Truth is no longer truth and God’s omnipotent might makes right.
    I’ve never had enough faith to be a theist and when I hear William Lane Craig & the like claiming that child slaughter is laudable, I hope I never do.

  2. davidhaye34 on February 19, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    It was a couple of times atheist Matt Dillahunty did not know how to give a cordial answer.Great debate

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