Many Christians ‘Utterly Unprepared’ to Defend Their Faith

Christian apologist William Lane Craig argues for the existence of God in the ‘Does God Exist?’ debate against renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens at Biola University on April 4, 2009.    (Photo: The Chimes / Kelsey Heng

William Lane Craig Discusses Book ‘A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity and the Bible’ and How Christians Can Win Over Atheists and Agnostics

(SOURCE)  Dr. William Lane Craig, philosophy professor and a leading Christian apologist, believes there is an urgent need for the church to equip its members to give good responses to tough questions about their faith, especially in light of a cultural climate that has made it easier for atheists to be more outspoken, sometimes aggressively so, in their attacks on religious beliefs.

Expressing skepticism over the accuracy of a 2012 Pew Research Center survey that found an increase in the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans, Craig suggested that the New Atheism movement inspired by the works of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and others has removed “the stigma of being an atheist or self-identifying as an atheist.”

The Pew survey, whose response rate is less than 10 percent, reported that nearly 20 percent of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, but many of them remain “religious” or “spiritual” in some sense. The survey also found that among that number were 6 percent who described themselves as atheists and agnostics

The Talbot School of Theology professor says Christians should be concerned — and prepared to sway the irreligious.

“I think that we need to present a sound case for why we believe that God exists and why as Christians that we believe that He has revealed Himself decisively in Jesus of Nazareth,” said Craig. “I believe that if we can do that, we will win over many of these people who are now self-identifying as agnostic or atheist.”

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1 thought on “Many Christians ‘Utterly Unprepared’ to Defend Their Faith

  1. Each individual has to come to the personal conviction of their sin and lost eternal state without Christ. The Gospel is the power of God to salvation. We must receive by faith that Christ died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected so we could have eternal life. This is about as plain as I can make it to an atheist or agnostic.

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