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!

 

 

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About James Croft

Dr. James Croft is the Outreach Director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis - one of the largest Humanist congregations in the world. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and completed his Ed.D at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 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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