Christian apologetics has always really interested me. While to a certain extent, no-one is going to be convinced into the Kingdom, apologetics does have a very important role to play in explaining that believing in the God of the Bible does make sense of our universe. There have been some great apologetic material produced recently too. Tim Keller’s Reason for God is available in most book shops and does a great job at answering critical questions such as Why does God allow suffering in the world? and How could a loving God send people to Hell?
There have also been lots of good debates between atheists and Christians but none have really caught my attention, mainly because they all seem a bit rigged. However Collision, the Movie sounds very different. Christopher Hitchens has been labelled one of the four hoursemen of Atheism along with Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. A militant atheist who has written a book entitled God is not great: How religion poisons everything. You don’t write a book with a title like that unless you want to attract attention! Doug Wilson is a reformed American pastor and apologist who’s also written many books.
Why is this debate so interesting? Well first off the movie isn’t just a debate, it’s a documentary. You actually see how each of these guys live and find out a little bit more about them other than just their debating skills. Secondly, it’s about a tour of debates and not just one debate. Neither had met each other before the tour even though they’d both contributed to a book debating atheism/the existence of God together before. And thirdly, they actually respect each other and have a laugh together. The film shows them laughing together in the pub. It all makes for a very interesting film. The film is only available to buy at the moment. I’m hoping that someone like the BBC buy it so that more people can see it.
Here’s a 13 minute clip from it.
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