How Richard Dawkins and the Battle for the Mind Will Lead to the Next “Great Awakening”
Ideas do have consequences. In fact, ideas can change an entire culture. Isn’t that what happened when the disciples started to spread Christianity? But how can Christianity change the morally decadent culture of today’s world?
According to an article in Science Daily,
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. . . . When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.
God is using an unusual source to drive the number of fully committed Christian opinion makers above this 10 percent figure. Believe it or not, God is using people like Richard Dawkins and the neo-atheists to create a greater interest in “spiritual” matters. Their stated intention is to destroy Christianity, but they will, in fact, help to create the next Great Awakening. Please keep reading even if you think I’m crazy.
Interest in the existence (or non-existence) of God, and the desire to explain the creation of the universe and the origin of life are the most debated topics on universities around the world. Since the philosophical ideas being promoted by the neo-atheists are based on propositions that cannot stand up to logic and intellectual scrutiny, this has, I believe, created the biggest opportunity for the spread of Christianity since the first century. And since even the scientific theories that are the basis of the neo-atheists arguments are based on incredible random change or luck (see blog by Clay Jones), the demolition of these arguments will create a crisis of faith in their religion of scientific naturalism.
The university is the main target of the neo-atheists, and that is why Ratio Christi is setting up apologetics clubs at the university to engage in the battle of the mind of Christians and skeptics alike. We are bringing together faith and reason in order to establish the intellectual voice of Christ at the university. We unashamedly defend the veracity of God, the Bible, and Christ’s resurrection with scientific, historical, and philosophical arguments. By demolishing the “high sounding arguments” of the neo-atheists, we are creating the opportunity to convince more than 10 percent of the committed opinion holders that the truth they are looking for is found in Christianity…
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