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Doubting Atheism 4-6

January 23, 2016 in Resources

presented by Fergus Ryan

Continuing with parts 4 to 6 of our six-week series on the rise of modern atheism.


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4. The Death of God: a new godless society—utopia or the absurd?
Friedrich Nietzsche: God is dead, parable of Madman, opposition to Christianity a matter of ‘taste’, not reason; Russia: Stalin’s ‘League of Militant Godless’ and the atheist terror against Christianity; Albert Camus and the absurdity of life; the 1960s and the new libertinism; John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ a world with no religion, possessions or countries; the rise of the Christian counter-culture; Solzhenitsyn: the rejection of God the main cause of 60 million deaths;  the unexpected revival of Christianity.





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5. Life After God: seeking meaning in a world without God
Camus: the impossibility of meaning without God; much atheism not ideological, but a metaphysical rebellion against God and the cosmos; Italy: Mussolini’s ‘holy religion of anarchy’ and opposition to every form of Christianity; Marquis de Sade: freedom from God not ‘liberty’ but sexual ‘libertinism’ (atheism’s ‘erotic capital’); Nietzsche: grandeur nowhere if not in God, so must be ‘created’; theories of ethical and moral values other than religion.







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6. Pandora’s Box or the Treasures of Hope: the attractional power of authentic Christianity
The story of Pandora’s box of evils, of which the most dangerous was hope; Nietzsche: hope a delusion (since there is no God); John Lennon ‘imagine all the people living for today’; David Bentley Hart: the triviality of life only in the present without a perspective on the past; are humans really just animals? Dawkins’ views of Christianity reductionist and simplistic; vital Christianity the antidote to the loss of hope; when God came down the philosophical ladder; the restoration of hope and meaning.





Doubting Atheism 1-3

January 22, 2016 in Resources


presented by Fergus Ryan


How did modern atheism arise and come to have the role it does in Western society? What were the main historical events accompanying these developments? Who were the principal figures? What responses did Christianity make? Many of the criticisms of the established Church made by atheists were, in the speaker’s view, largely justified. Atheism initially arose principally for political and social reasons, rather than philosophical ones. The main aim of the series is to understand atheism’s various forms, rather than to make a Christian defence. But a survey of some current Christian responses and vision is also included.

This series was held at the Exchange, Dublin, in October and November 2015, and loosely follows the outlines of Prof Alister McGrath’s book ‘The Twilight of Atheism’, but includes much additional material. Views expressed, and any errors of fact, are the responsibility of the speaker. The talks were unscripted and were accompanied by visual presentations and other audio elements not presented here. Interaction with those attending is included on the recordings.

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1. The High Noon of Atheism: society in revolt against a corrupt state/church
The story of the rise of modern atheism; the French Revolution; Voltaire; Marquis de Sade’s ‘erotic capital’; Goddess of Reason crowned in Notre Dame; the Pantheon as an atheist ‘cathedral’ and the establishment of the atheist ‘Religion of Humanity’; atheist programme of deChristianisation and the Reign of Terror; revolutionary era ‘ends’ with Napoleon.

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2. The Battle for the Mind: atheism’s high priests
Atheism’s project moves from rebellion against state and church structures to a battle for the mind, while in France Napoleon restores the Church; Germany (and England): Marx, religion an opium to dull resistance to injustice; Feuerbach: all gods as projections of human concerns; Austria: Freud: religion an infantile regression; the rise of liberal (Protestant) theology; the ‘ugly ditch’ between the historical Jesus and the ‘Christ of faith’; George Eliot and scepticism in Britain; Christian challenges to the foundational ideas of scepticism: C S Lewis, Dallas Willard, Alister McGrath, David Bentley Hart





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3. Blinded by Science?: doing away with the need for God
Science and faith: opposite views of reality? Founders of modern science believers in God: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton; Paley: God as ‘divine watchmaker’; Darwinian evolutionary theory and the ‘doing away with the God explanation’; creation and the age of the earth; Bishop Wilberforce and Thomas Huxley—the urban myth of the Oxford debate account; Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists; Christians at the cutting-edge of modern science.





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Meet Someone Magnificent

February 7, 2011 in Resources


STEP 1: The Real You 

I want you to meet someone who is so magnificent and wonderful that if you were to catch even one glimpse of them you would want to fall down at their feet in awe! Who is it?

Well – and here’s the surprise – it’s you, the real you you’ve never seen before. If you could see your amazing self in God’s original design, and the destiny beyond imagination for which you have been made, you would think you had met an angel from heaven. Under all the false mess the real you is waiting to get out and live.

So how did the real you get lost? Where did this false identity come from? How come it feels that you fell overboard somewhere and chaotic waves are swirling around your head? What were you looking for in the first place?

Everyone is looking for love. Most ‘loves’ disappoint, but God knows everything you’ve ever done wrong, all your dashed dreams and sorrows, and he loves you intensely. His love is not conditional on what you have done. No human love is like this.

And then, everyone is looking for respect and significance – to be valued for who we are and to have a reason for living. But in this pursuit we all do stupid things, and fall overboard into a general sort of lostness.

Jesus told a story about a son who asked his father for an advance on his inheritance, and he thought he’d check life in the hot spots. He squandered his true destiny as a son, and broke, broken, hurt and friendless, eating pigs’ food, he realised that everything he’d really wanted was in his father’s house. There was an unexpected party when he finally went home.

Today you can find your true identity and destiny at ‘home’, and the party can begin. Your ‘real self’, the one in God’s original divine design, is beautiful and exciting. It is found in relationship with God. To begin that relationship, take these 5 steps, and you will become his child by what Jesus called a ‘new birth’.

So Step 1 is realising God’s love for you, and that he has everything you’ve ever needed, and more than you’ve ever dreamt. Can you take hold of this love for you and say ‘YES’ to him now? Go on, do it! What have you to lose?