On August 25 - August 26, we will be holding office hours with the theologian Randal Rauser. You can read about Rauser here:
He is a friend of @T.j_Runyon, and I was sucked in by several of his blog posts, which are both kind and wise. For example, he defends atheists from the misapplication of Scripture: A Fool Says in His Heart. He also encourages steel-manning rather than straw-manning other’s arguments: Steelman Instead of Strawman.
A central goal of Peaceful Science is to bridge between factions in the origins debate. One overlooked faction are atheists and secular scientists. This is why we care to understand their stories: Seven Atheist Archetypes. Still The Rift Between Atheists and Christians is difficult to bridge, which is why I appreciated so much his book:
Do atheists hate God? Many Christians seem to think so. For the last three centuries Christians have widely assumed that atheism is always a result of a rebellious, sinful rejection of God. According to this view, at some level atheists really do know there is a God, but they sinfully suppress this knowledge because they want to live independently of God. But what if that is not correct? What if some folks are atheists not because they’re sinful and foolish but because they’ve thought hard, they’ve looked carefully, and they have simply not found God? What if the common Christian assumptions about atheism are little more than an indefensible prejudice? What if the atheist really is our neighbor?
Is the atheist our neighbor? Of course he (or she) is our neighbor. We are called to love them just as much as we are called to love the ID proponent, the YEC scientist, the OEC advocate, and the Christian who affirms evolutionary science.
I’m really pleased to have Randall join us. I have a few questions to get us started.
What got you interested in this topic? What sort of response has your book garnered?
For a community like ours, seeking meaningful peace, what advice can you give us?
What the most important ways atheists and Christians can understand each other better?
I hope we will be joined by many of the atheists/agnostics on these boards (e.g. @nwrickert, @AlanFox, @John_Dalton, @Patrick, @Argon) along with many of the Christians (e.g. @sygarte, @T.j_Runyon, @gbrooks9, @theman8469, @Michael_Callen, @Philosurfer).