Recently, I’ve found myself plunged into the unfamiliar world of apologetics and interaction with atheists. While I do understand the arguments, it’s just never been that important to me.
It started with my blogging friend from across the pond, Paul (Just Me Being Curious), who invited me (and other believers) to join in a very lively discussion about faith and the historical accuracy of the Bible with some atheists, which I did. From there I got invited to participate on some atheist blogs. It was a good experience overall and some of them were very gracious, others not so much. This has also led to a lot of interaction on my blog recently, as you can probably tell.
Why would I do this? As followers of Christ, our fight is not with people but against human reasoning, false arguments, and proud obstacles that keep people from knowing God.
3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Cor.10:3-5 NLT *)
I have fought this fight on this blog against legalism and orphan theology that keeps believers from knowing God as a good Father and knowing who we are in Him as His beloved sons and daughters. My earnest desire is Paul’s prayer at the end of one of his letters:
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Cor.13:14 *)
So, likewise, I’ve found myself plunged into this particular “fight.” I have nothing against atheists and skeptics as people and hold them in high regard. I also believe them to be intelligent people. But I do see false arguments and obstacles put in people’s path by them designed to cast doubt and confusion in unwary believers and keep others from knowing God.
One favorite of atheists seems to be sharing “deconversion” stories from former Christians who’ve left the faith, almost like sharing reverse-testimonies. There’s even support groups where shipwrecked ministers can go to find help for their newfound unbelief.
So I thought I would share a couple of great deconversion stories from two atheists who’ve fallen away from their former atheistic indoctrination. Both of them are now apologists for the “other side” (Christ).
The first one is from a former sociopathic atheist, David Wood. The second (will be at the very end of first video) is from a French atheist, Guillaume Bignon, who was rigorously trained in math, physics, and computer science.
These former atheists share very different journeys toward unbelief in their unbelief, each backsliding down the slippery slope from their atheist dogma, if you will, to believing in the reality of the living God.
By telling his story as a former sociopath, Wood articulates some of the “false arguments” I hear from atheistic apologetics: exposing the failure of morality groupthink in explaining our knowing right from wrong because of our evolved biology, and the fallacious argument that people are only Christians because they were born into a Christian culture. Bignon exposes the myth that any thinking person will reject the claims of Christianity.
Skeptics may argue that Wood was psychotic and not a good representation of normal atheists. Fair enough. But then we have to ask, why is he now in his right mind and not a sociopath? What changed and why did it change? Making ad hominem attacks in an attempt to dismiss his testimony won’t change the facts.
Beloved, we’re not just a bag of chemicals hurdling through space, destined for worm food. We (humankind) are God’s crown of creation, the object of His greatest affection. And He has invited everyone to participate in His transforming life…today, tomorrow, and forever! Enjoy the videos. God is at work!
Here’s a shorter version of David Wood’s testimony, but I would recommend you watch the first two longer accounts.