William Lane Craig, who I’m told is one of the leading Christian apologists of our generation, is currently on tour in the UK. It would be an ideal opportunity to have a public debate with our own world famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, particularly as Dr Craig will be visiting Professor Dawkins’ home city of Oxford.
Sadly, the invitation has been declined, a decision criticised in a letter by Professor Dawkins’ fellow atheist and Oxford academic, Dr Daniel Came. He writes; “the absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part.”
In response, the tour organisers have run an advertising campaign in Oxford using buses. The posters look strangely familiar. Brilliant!
There is an unofficial video below and there is more information on the bethinking web site.
We can learn much from the life of Elijah. He was one of Israel’s greatest prophets and had some outstanding triumphs. James writes that he was a man just like us (James 5:17), which should be a great encouragement but like us he had times when he felt very low. He probably had times when he was suffering with depression. When he encounters the Lord he states (twice).
“I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (1 Kings 19:14)
The Lord has a plan of course and instructs Elijah as to what he must do next and then the Lord says;
“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18)
Elijah was convinced he was the only one who worshiped the Lord, yet God had seven thousand faithful worshipers and Elijah knew nothing of them.
Sometimes we may feel alone and the forces arrayed against us can look very powerful but the Lord has his people even when we do not know them. And when we take a good look, the forces opposing us, they are not as powerful as we thought after all.
We should pray for people like William Lane Craig who are prepared to contend for the faith.