In the series, which will begin Wednesday, January 20, 2010, we’re going to wrestle through several tough questions that have been elevated to surface with the recent surge among the New Atheist. In each of the teachings, we will explore both sides of the spectrum. We'll look at things from the perspective of an Atheist or skeptic, as well as that of a thinking follower of Christ.
Over the four weeks we’ll look at:
Faith and Doubt
There is a healthy tension between faith and doubt. Doubts aren't inherently evil, in fact, there’s much that we can learn by exploring our own doubts and those of others. We will explore what some of the fundamental claims of the New Atheist and how can we intellectually respond to their questions, criticisms and dispositions.
Faith and Science
Are Faith and Science at odds with one another? Does that which can be deduced through science discredit what Scripture says?
Faith and Evil
If God exists, why has so much evil be perpetrated in His name? After all, isn't the Church is responsible for so much injustice.
Faith and Suffering
How could a Good God allow so much suffering?
The following are a few of the things that I’m reading, watching and listening to in preparation. Some of these are from the perspective of a Christian Apologetics and others are from significant voices within the New Atheist movement.
What's So Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
Faith and Doubt by John Ortberg
Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge by Dallas Willard
fora.tv is a great visual resource. There are a number of videos by Atheist such as Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason), Christopher Hitchens (God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything), as well as presentations and interviews by authors like Dinesh D’Souza (mentioned above). Flora.tv also has a video page within iTunes University.
Reasonable Faith with Dr. William Craig Lane
Christian Apologetics with Ravi Zacharias