In the past decade atheism has had a resurgence. This resurgence is due to four main authors:
Richard Dawkins, who is an English evolutionary biologist, and writer. He was the University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. He is the author of much read and debated book The God Delusion
Christopher Hitchens, (who sadly passed away on 15 December 2011) was a British author. Hitchens was brilliant with the pen and contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and Vanity Fair. He was also a fierce debater whose debates entertained even if you disagreed with his premises or conclusions. He is the author of the wildly passionate book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Sam Harris, is an American author and philosopher who holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from UCLA. He has lectured or debated at some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world including University of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Caltech, Berkeley, Stanford University, and Tufts University, as well as TED, where he outlined the arguments made in his book The Moral Landscape. Harris has also been interviewed on such prominent TV shows as Nightline, Real Time with Bill Maher, The O’Reilly Factor, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The Last Word. He is the author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and Letter to a Christian Nation
Daniel Dennett who is the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.He is the author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Needless to say these men are extremely intelligent and I would say gifted by God. Their writings are lucid and full of passion and vigor. Anyone who would question their intelligence has not interacted with them fairly or honestly. These men and their writings pose a formidable challenge to religion in general and Christianity in particular and if Christians truly engage with these men and their writings we will ask deep questions about our faith which will in turn help us discover the truth and therefore our faith will be strengthened.
Because of the formidable challenge that these men and their writings pose to Christianity, at Resolved, starting Easter Sunday, we are looking at what Jesus and these men say about five aspects of Christianity that these men attack. Here are the topics and the dates we are looking at them:
20-April: Can a Rational Person Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead?
27-April – Can a Rational Person Believe the Bible?
4-May – Does Evil and Suffering Disprove God?
11-May- Isn’t the God of the Bible a Moral Monster?
18-May – Hasn’t Christianity Been a Force of Evil in Our World?
At each service there will be time for people to ask questions and interact with what we say. I am really excited about this series and I hope whether you are a Christian, Atheist or you are unsure about faith you will come and hear why I side with Jesus over and against the New Atheists.