What caused an atheist on RichardDawkins.net to become a Christian?

Here is a very interesting dialog featuring a pastor, an ex-atheist and a fundamentalist atheist. (H/T Two or Three)

Here is the MP3 file.

Check out a summary from Two or Three.

Excerpt:

But what made him convert?  Two things.  First, Robertson asked him two simple questions.  Why are you an atheist?  What would it take to convince you that God is real?  Morgan, who was used to philosophical arguments rather than more personal, emotional arguments, was taken aback.  He realized that he was not open to actually being convinced otherwise.  Second, he remembered the following scripture, which led to his conversion experience, an experience of love which made him a believer:

1 John 4:19
We love Him because He first loved us.

This conversion, and discussion in the interview, bring out a few interesting things that Christians might want to observe in their outreach:

  1. We should pray before posting responses when arguing with unbelievers
  2. Often, simple repetition of the truth of God’s love go around philosophical barriers that opponents have in their mind
  3. We must engage respectfully and kindly (argh!) and consistently
  4. The *experience* of God in genuine conversion is critical

This show was extremely interesting and helpful for understanding how atheists think, and why they become atheists. Don’t forget the testimony of former atheist A. N. Wilson that I wrote about before.

One thought on “What caused an atheist on RichardDawkins.net to become a Christian?”

  1. As I wrote over on 2or3, I don’t believe that “kind” should be an overriding concern in apologetic presentation. It should be present when possible, but frankly, everything that is edifying is not kind. When it comes down to it, “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and none shall enter heaven unless through Him,” is enough to be labelled bigotted an unkind. It’s also a non-negotiable. Respectful is a non-negotiable, but that is not synonymous with kind.

    Jesus himself would have been labelled unkind. The rich young ruler? The pharisees? The thousands who followed him for the greediness of their stomachs while ignoring his teaching? He was not nice or kind to any of them. He was most certainly loving, but not in the way that the world could recognize.

    I have a fairly good perspective on atheist-to-Christian conversion based on a conversation on an atheist website. That’s my very own story. To some, myself included, truth is of great importance, and should be followed wherever it leads. An honest, yet adamant presentation (yes, even “unkind”, in that it called out untruth in others) of what the bible said and what Christian belief was, from an adherent, vs. what atheists claim Christians must believe set off my own investigation for primary sourcing.

    John 15 says that the world will hate us if we are in Christ. We should not expect, nor be overly concerned with people who hate us thinking we’re kind. We should be kind to one another. We should be kind as far as we can with those who are not one-anothers. We should hold fast to the gospel truth otherwise.

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