Monday, August 18, 2008

Some books Christians might read if debating atheists

Evidence that demands a verdict by Josh McDowell
The Proof of God by Larry Witham.
There is a God by Antony Flew with Roy Abraham Varghese
Why Good Arguments Fail by James W Sire
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
Intelligent Design 101 Edited by H Wayne House
The Edge of Evolution by Michael J Behe
The Language of God by Francis S Collins
Quantum Physics and Theology by John Polkinghorne
A Friendly Dialogue between an Atheist and a Christian by Luis Palau & Zhao Qizheng


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure WHY any true Christian feels the need to debate atheists - or to debate anyone's beliefs for that matter. Why does the Christian religion think it's superior to all other religions? Futile religion is futile religion, and they all require much work and bondage to itself. Whereas Atheists are free from religious slavery, and probably know more about who they really are than religious people such as Christians, who seem to have an identity crisis.

Carole McDonnell said...

It's not that Christians need to debate other people. It's that atheists are always debating us...and we need an answer. Basically, it's atheists on one side telling Christians, Hindus, Muslims, animists, etc that a God doesn't exist. The books are about God. They are not about Christianity per se. But if you live in a world where you meet the occasional atheist who feels the need to slam the majority of the world because the rest of the world believes in some kind of god...well, it's good to have some way of speaking to them.

As for Christianity, Christianity is not a religion where truth is proven by words. It's a religion that sets out to be proven by the supernatural. Folks having a victory over a powerful sin that has dogged their steps, people being miraculously healed of an incurable illness. That kind of thing. That is what has proven Christianity in areas where the claims of Christianity have been challenged. For instance among converted Muslims in Nigeria and Indonesia and among Hindus in India. Not mere philosophy and apologetics but the miraculous revelation to the human eyes and ears of the power and love of a living God. -C

Steven Carr said...

So Muslims are correct that a god exists?

Why then does their god differ so much from a Christian god?

Almost as though they were two totally different gods?

Were the followers of Zeus right to believe that Zeus existed?

Are Muslims right to scoff at the idea that Allah could have a son?

How can you claim
1) A majority of the world is right to believe in god
2) A majority of the world is wrong to disbelieve in the Christian god

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