Dear Richard Dawkins,
How Many Eyewitnesses of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Have Willingly Died for Their Witness?
No group who has claimed to witness the flying spaghetti monster has died rather than deny their claim. Yet, early Christians suffered poverty, torture and death rather than deny they had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No other religion presents such a set of claims.
The reason there is a church of Jesus Christ and NOT a church of the flying spaghetti monster is that those who walked with Jesus witnessed something that evoked such faith in them that they were willing to be impoverished, tortured and killed rather than deny what they have seen.