Debating Apologetics

This Saturday, from 2:30-4:00pm GMT, I will be appearing on popular UK Christian Radio show Unbelievable, which seeks to foster discussion between Christians and non-Christians (frequently atheists like myself) – you can listen live at this link, or catch a podcast afterwards. I will be joining host Justin Brierley to debate apologist (an apologist is someone who defends the Christian faith) Chris Sinkinson. Our discussion is focused primarily on Chris’ recently-published book Confident Christianity, which attempts to put forward strong arguments in favor of the truth of the Christian faith. In Chris’ own words:

Apologetics, philosophy, archaeology and science are hot topics among Christians. Confident Christianity provides a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to engage thoughtfully and convincingly with these subjects.

The topic of the program is “Is Apologetics a Waste of Time”, and in it I argue that the evidence for the truth of Christianity’s historical claims is insufficient to convince a fair-minded investigator, and that even prominent Christian apologists (such as William Lane Craig) themselves admit this. Therefore, a person committed to reason must reject the historical and metaphysical claims made by Christianity. In this sense, then, apologetics is a waste of time.

The show was a delight to record: Chris was a fantastic and generous sparring partner, and Justin is an able and fair-minded moderator. I will update this post with links to the podcast when it becomes available, and I’ll also post my thoughts on the whole debate after the show goes live!

 

 

About James Croft

James Croft is a Humanist activist and public speaker who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a leader in training in the Ethical Culture movement – a national movement of Humanist congregations – he is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation", co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.


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