You can understand why some Christians would feel threatened by the attention given to atheism over the past several years. Atheist authors tend to spawn headlines with every book and we’re quick to respond when religion is found at the scene of societal ills.
In True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, edited by Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnauer, a group of Christian writers attempt to refute some of the popular claims made by popular atheists.
In the excerpt below, apologist Sean McDowell answers the question: “Are Science and Christianity at odds?”
(Note: Normally, I don’t post excerpts from Christian books — certainly ones that contain ideas I strongly disagree with — but I thought I would make an exception in this case because the editors have agreed to read your comments and respond to them at a later date.)
When Michael McCracken and his wife wanted to donate $12,500 to Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, he asked for a plaque honoring his parents to be installed outside one of the conference rooms:
To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical laws and innovation of practical solutions. In honor of Dr. William ‘Ed’ and Glenda McCracken.
Purdue, as a public institution, didn’t want to appear to be endorsing religion (or open the door to other donors making similar demands, I figure), so they said they couldn’t accept the dedication as written.
So McCracken did what any generous donor would do: He threatened to sue, making sure the school’s legal costs would undo any money he ever gave them.