William Lane Craig finally made it on CNN, in this case to respond to the Amazing Atheist Guy. I am sure that there is much that could be said about this exchange. However, I must say that I was impressed by the Amazing Atheist Guy. Why? Because he actually admitted that the increase in those who identify as ‘no religion’ does not mean that they are atheists. Amazing! So often I hear from atheists and from the popular media that this change in the religious landscape equates with a radical increase in atheism. In fact ‘no religion’ and ‘atheism’ are often used as synonyms by people who should know better.
There are two facts that you must understand: 1) the category of ‘no religion’ is growing at a quick rate and 2) the number of people who identify as atheists has remained relatively stable. I am sure that some of those who claim to have no religion are atheists. But many of them are also people who believe that there is a God but who are frustrated by organized religion. Many people do not like labels and so refuse to identify as any one religion. Ironically, ‘no religion’ is now an important label.
I am not saying that Christians should not be concerned with the increase in the ‘no religion’ category. We should be concerned. But at the same time we should not let people get away with making false interpretations of the data. If you are interested in learning more about what is happening with atheism, you might be interested in my article in the third issue of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics that you can find here.
I am very much interested in the apologetics activity that is taking place in Canada and so I am pleased to share with you information about the Apologetics Canada Conference that is taking place March 1-2, 2013 in Abbotsford BC. You can find the information here. This conference will include such great speakers as William Lane Craig, Andy Bannister, John Patrick, J. Warner Wallace and Andy Steiger, plus breakout sessions with numerous other speakers. Make sure to check it out.
Reasonable Faith, the ministry of William Lane Craig, now has an official Youtube channel. You can find this channel here and you will find hours of great resources for Christian apologetics.
I recently started listening the Reasonable Faith podcasts by William Lane Craig. I found them quite enjoyable and helpful. They are mix of answers to questions sent in and portions of debates with background on some of the behind the scenes dynamics. You can find the podcast plus a lot more resources at the Reasonable Faith web-site www.reasonablefaith.org.