1. Theist vs. Atheist Debates:
"The Great Debate: Does God Exist" (Center for Public Christianity, Sydney, Australia; August 27, 2008):
This podcast features the debate between John Lennox (Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University) and Michael Shermer (Publisher, Skeptics Magazine) on the existence of God.
"Christian God? Jewish God? Or no God?" (Bat Yahm Synagogue, Newport Beach, Calif.):
Atheist Christopher Hitchens, Jewish radio host and rabbi Dennis Prager, and Christian author Dinesh D'Souza debated this past spring.
2. Irrational Materialists:
A. "Evolutionists Flock to Darwin-Shaped Wall Stain" (The Onion, September 5, 2008):
The satirical online magazine The Onion ("America's Finest News Source") lampoons Darwinian materialism.
B. "Look Who's Irrational Now," by Mollie Ziegler Hemingway (The Wall Street Journal; Sept. 19, 2008):
This important, new article discusses the latest scholarly findings that show that atheists are far more likely to believe in pseudoscience, superstition and the paranormal than orthodox Christians. Anti-theist icon/comic Bill Maher doesn't even believe in Western medicine, vaccination, aspirin or that the Salk vaccine eradicated polio.
"The Gallup Organization, under contract to Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, has found that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians."
These findings are now available in Rodney Stark's new book, What Americans Really Believe.
3. Chicago Premiere of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters:
The Fellowship for the Performing Arts will present the Chicago stage premiere of the acclaimed hit drama, The Screwtape Letters, at the The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. Based on C.S. Lewis's bestselling book The Screwtape Letters, this production is adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Fiske and Max McLean. The production, which recently had sold-out and standing-room only runs in New York and Washington, D.C., begins performances on October 2 for a limited engagement. The Screwtape Letters offers a funny and provocative look into C.S. Lewis’s brilliant novel that explores the theme of spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. The production stars Max McLean as Screwtape and Karen Eleanor Wight as Toadpipe.
The performance schedule for The Screwtape Letters is Wednesdays at 8 pm, Thursdays at 8 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm and 8 pm; and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets range in price from $29.00 to $48.50. Tickets are available by calling The Mercury Theater Box Office at 773-325-1700 or TicketMaster at 312-902-1500. Discounted tickets for students and groups of 10 or more are also available.
4. Upcoming Events:
A. C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The upcoming meetings will be held at:
11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
RSVP: 510-482-2906 phone; email@example.com
Wine, beer, soft drinks and other refreshments served
October 1 and 15: Discussion:
What’s So Great About Christianity, by Dinesh D’Souza
Leader/moderator: Andrew Dósa
Is Christianity true or is it obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe in the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? In this bestselling, recent book, Dinesh D'Souza investigates both Christianity and atheism and their influences on culture to show why Christianity is indeed overwhelmingly great. Challenging the assumptions of both believers and doubters, D'Souza demonstrates: how Christianity created the framework for liberty, the rule of law, the abolition of slavery and modern science; how Christianity explains consciousness and free will, which atheists have to deny; and why, against all expectations, Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in the world while secularism and atheism are on the decline. He argues that Western civilization only exists because Christianity gave it birth.
"Pastors, teachers, believers, and the sincerely perplexed will find this book indispensable. It sets an example of how to engage vitally important questions without mudslinging and prejudice. D’Souza uses facts and careful reasoning, and exposes the atheist attack as intellectually baseless. Rarely have I seen such forceful clarity brought to an issue of such timeliness and importance."
Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy; Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California
"Those who believe in God are at present being subjected to a barrage of atheist propaganda, directed particularly at Christianity. What’s So Great About Christianity is a much-needed response to this offensive. It is wide-ranging, specific, well-researched, and dependably accurate. It will be of immense value to all those who wish to defend and uphold the Christian case."
Paul Johnson, historian and author of Modern Times and A History of Christianity
“Responding to the current epidemic of atheist manifestos, Dinesh D’Souza applies just the right balm for the troubled soul. Assembling arguments from history, philosophy, theology, and scienceyes, science!he builds a modern and compelling case for faith in a loving God. If you’re seeking the truth about God, the universe, and the meaning of life, this is a great place to look.”
Francis S. Collins, former Director, National Human Genome Research Institute; author, The Language of God
B. "A Good God? A Dialogue About the Problems of Suffering and Evil"
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