Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I just received my monthly issue of Christianity Today.
Chuck Colson and Catherine Larson contribute a fascinating short piece about the recent spate of high-profile atheists who have begun to hear the padding paws of the Hound of Heaven.
The article is worth reading, if you can track it down. (I tried to find a link, but there's none detectable on the Christianity Today website.)
After citing a couple of atheists who have renounced atheism (Antony Flew and A.N. Wilson), Colson and Larson write:
Likewise, Matthew Parris, another well-known British atheist, made the mistake of visiting Christian aid workers in Malawi, where he saw the power of the gospel transforming them and others. Concerned with what he saw, he wrote that it "confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my worldview, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God."
Parris has not yet come over to the theistic side, but we can always hope. :-)
Some of the recent atheist converts cite phenomena such as language and music that they cannot explain from an atheistic worldview.
It all reminds me of Sunshine Mama's recent question: how are nonbelievers trying to deny the wonders of the world, these days?
As Colson and Larson write, Christianity is a reasonable faith. Many deep-thinking people come to Christianity because in the end, they believe it is the logical worldview to hold. They find faith through reason, not in spite of it.
Others find faith written in what earlier generations called the Book of Nature: the mysteries of math, of music, the beauty of mountains and the sound of wind.
Still others find it written in the inexplicable love of an aid worker in Malawi.
All good books in our world--scriptural, natural, and mortal--bear the same signature.
Which of these books is speaking to you today?