Friday, April 05, 2013

An Atheist's Journey from A(theist) to B(eliever)

So I plunged headlong into apologetics, devouring debates and books from many perspectives. I read the Qur'an and Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion. I went through The Skeptic's Annotated Bible and looked up Christian rebuttals to apparent contradictions. But nothing compared to the rich tradition of Christian intellect. I'd argued with my peers, but I'd never investigated the works of the masters: Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Pascal, and Lewis. When I finally did, the only reasonable course of action was to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 The role of an informed, empathetic Christian in this woman's conversion is instructive.

So is her emphasis on the role of obedience as opposed to mere intellectual pursuit. And the role of head and heart in conversion.

A good read.
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6 comments:

Alex F said...

Well I'll add it to the list..... But at a low priority. What could she say that I haven't heard before?

RkBall said...

She's a Harvard grad, so it has an intellectual orientation. It's a nice blend of head and heart -- which is, after all, what we are.

Nelson said...

At first I thought that you were simply providing a link explaining what apologetics were.

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The article concludes by saying:
I came to Harvard seeking the goddess of truth. Instead, he found

RkBall said...

Nelson -- Let me do something to fix that. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi RkBall. You need to read Greg Bahnsen's "Always Ready" and "Van Til's Apologetic"

While "Van Til's Apologetic" is a bit more academic, "Always Ready" is geared more toward the layperson. These books will change your thinking for the rest of your life.

RkBall said...

Hello Anon. I like the presuppositional approach to apologetics, although I think Gary Habermas offers a good critique.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"