We had a great time last weekend at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto, exploring what it means to be Christian in 2016. In my first session, I explored what has happened to truth over the past few decades, with particular relevance to naturalism, and postmodernism. There were several people who asked for some introductory bibliography, particularly related to a Christian response to new atheism. In response, I will suggest a few places to start. There are, of course, many other sources, but these should get you going.
Lennox is not to be missed. The first one that I mention by McGrath is lighter in weight and tone than the other by that author, but addresses more directly the question of The God Delusion. The other of his is more thorough but examines Dawkins’ work pre-God Delusion. Ward does a good job philosophically without becoming too dense.
To watch an interesting conversation between McGrath and Dawkins: Click Here
The above interview was conducted in the context of Dawkins’ series for Channel 4 in the UK some years ago, entitled, The Root of All Evil? In it, Dawkins sought to point out the irrationality, and potential harm, of religion. It developed various straw men, and was selective in its presentation. To be fair to Dawkins, when some called for the unedited interviews to be released, he did just that. This interview with McGrath is a gem, none of which made it to air in the original series.
Here is another resource which takes a non-rational, emotive approach to Christian belief. (It’s language is not for the faint-hearted, but its content is challenging, and helpful.)
And another little gem by Wolterstorff that is a bit dated, but I love it:
Those who want to dig into the relationship between faith and reason might like this:
While others who are scholars and want something even deeper will want to dig into Alvin Plantinga’s work, in particular a trilogy which includes this:
If you want a bit of fun, you can watch a friendly debate on new atheism between me and Dr. Paul Abela from the philosophy department at Acadia University: Click here
We did a follow up this past March on the topic of meaning: Click here
And on faith and meaning, a recent article of mine published in the online journal Holiness, out of Wesley House, Cambridge: Click here
Well! That should keep you out of trouble for a while! Otherwise you can come to my workshop at the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship-Toronto Festival of Preaching at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church later this month where I will be giving a workshop on the need to keep preaching about sin and repentance!
Blessings on you all – I had a marvellous time!