Back in January (2010), my boyfriend and I moved from Dallas, Texas to Annapolis, Maryland. It's a 22 hour drive which took us right through Nashville, Tennessee. I lived there for three years (2004-2007) and still keep in close contact with a lot of my friends there, so we decided to stop in and visit.
One of the girls I've known since I was 11. We both went to the same private Christian school (TCPS, or Tupelo Christian Preparatory School) and attended the same church (First Evangelical). In fact, I was the one who led her to Christ. I had just "asked Jesus into my heart" and was staying the night with her and her sister. Before we went to sleep, we always said prayers together... and I prayed for anyone who wasn't sure if they were saved to ask Jesus to "come in". I was directing it at her and somehow she felt that. So, she quietly prayed to herself and then woke me up to tell me she'd been "saved". So we prayed again and that was that.
Anyway, about a year later I moved to Texas. Seven years after that I moved in with her in Nashville. Living with her was an adventure, to say the least. She was fun and quirky, and also slightly controlling and really irrational. There was always something bugging me about the church we attended, but she'd tell me either I thought too much or it was me with the "spiritual problem". Needless to say, we've gone in drastically different directions. She's still an ultra-legalistic Christian and I'm atheist.
I hadn't told her that though, and she didn't bring it up while we were having lunch with her. She was on her best behavior and even made a pretty good impression! It was a fun lunch and she had a birthday present for me, but... she insisted that I wait until I was gone to open it. She said I would cry or something.
So, my boyfriend and I got in the car after lunch and I opened it immediately... only to find a book titled There is
No A God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
by Anthony Flew.
I did not cry. I just smiled, knowing my secret must be out. So, now I'm going to read this little gem and see if there's anything worth my time. I doubt it, but I don't want to be accused of being "closed-minded". I'd like to see what a former atheist could possibly say to change a person's mind. So far, his reason for disbelieving was "the problem of evil", which to me is the least damaging to God/Christianity's credibility.
Here are the contents:
Part I: My Denial of the Divine
1. The Creation of an Atheist
2. Where the Evidence Leads
3. Atheism Calmly Considered
Part II: My Discovery of the Divine
4. A Pilgrimage of Reason
5. Who Wrote the Laws of Nature?
6. Did the Universe Know We Were Coming?
7. How Did Life Go Live?
8. Did Something Come From Nothing?
9. Finding Space for God
10 Open to Omnipotence
The "New Atheism": A Critical Appraisal of Dawkins, Dennet, Wolpert, Harris, Stenger
The Self-Revelation of God in Human History: A Dialogue on Jesus with N.T. Wright
First of all, those chapter titles are enough to clue me in on the worthlessness of this book, but I'll just humor them. If anyone is mildly interested, I'll be critiquing each of those chapters in the comments section here. I'd love it if someone decided to read this ridiculous book with me, but I won't get my hopes up.