Over the past two years I have hosted long conversations between some of the new atheists/agnostics such as Christopher Hitchens (twice), Richard Dawkins, Robert Wright, Michael Shermer and Bill Lobdell. Sometimes it has been the guest and just me –as with Dawkins and Lodbell– and other times I have had a debating partner representing Christian belief such as Dr. Mark D. Roberts, Dr. David Allen White, Dr. John Mark Reynolds and Dinesh D’Sousa.
I had hoped to have two more such conversations and then end the series, but Sam Harris has notified me that he no longer wants to do such debates, so today will mark the last in this series. (Harris is by far the weakest link in the new atheists’ chain as I learned when I debated him on Lee Strobel’s show a few years ago, so the loss is not significant.)
Today’s show features Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine and the author of Why Darwin Matters and Greg Koukl of Stand To Reason, whose most recent book is Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions.
(The transcript of the Koukl-Shermer debate is now posted here.)
Perhaps there will be an encore down the road if another new atheist arises and is applauded by an MSM eager once again to display their collective sympathy for the anti-Christian worldview that permeates most major newsrooms, but I think this spasm in the popular culture is over for the time being. Remarkably, the Church is still standing.
I hope your New Year’s Resolution will be to stop debating faith and instead start figuring out what it means to live as a Christian in 2010, especially as it comes to government and politics. A number of you have adopted The Good and Faithful Servant as your core text for your small group in early 2010, and I thank you for that.
I wrote the book in the hope that more and more Christians would take their responsibilities as citizens more seriously than has been evident in the past few years. It is not a “conservative” book, but a study guide for small groups of believers to use as they ask how Christians ought to respond to the issues that fully participating citizens in a democratic republic must confront and decide through the men and women they elect.
If you haven’t got a New Year’s resolution for 2010 yet, I hope you will consider supplying your group with The Good and Faithful Servant and letting me know how it goes via email@example.com.
Absent the sort of news that no one except jihadist fanatics wants, I am signing off until 2010 begins and the Buckeyes triumph in the Rose Bowl. Have a wonderful conclusion to 2009 and a great start to the new year. Thank you for all the times you have visited or listened in 2009. 2010 should be even more riveting and hopefully far more redeeming.
Happy New Year!