The New Atheists and Remembering A Notorious Atheists’ Prayer/Part 9
|By: Dr. John G. Weldon; ©2011|
|Regardless of Anthony Flew’s final fate, he nevertheless potentially stands in a long tradition of conversions to Christ from atheism, agnosticism and skepticism, a few of which are noted in the appendix below.|
Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, one of the best contemporary books on apologetics.
Great to Exceptional Critiques of the New Atheism
William Lane Craig, Chad Meister (eds.) God Is Great; God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible
Dinesh D’Sousa, What so Great about Christianity
Alastair McGrath, The Twilight of Atheism: the Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World; Why God Won’t Go Away: Is a New Atheism Running on Empty?
Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason: a Response to the New Atheists
John Lennox, Gunning for God: a Critique of the New Atheism; God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (Like the late AE Wilder Smith (The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution), he holds three earned doctorates in science (e.g., PhD, mathematics; Cambridge University); Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. (http://www.rzim.eu/biography-john-lennox)
Peter S. William’ s A Sceptics Guide to Atheism: God is Not Dead
Edward Feser, The Last Superstition: a Refutation of the New Atheism
Apologetics.com (whose most recent article discusses the discovery of Sodom and Gomorrah at Tall El-Hammam the Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity South Western University, as they discuss the sensational findings. Dr. Collins is the Chief Archaeologist & Co-Director of the Tall El- Hammam excavation project in Jordan. (“Sodom and Gomorrah Discovered: an interview with Dr. Stephen Collins,” apologetics.com; http://apologetics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=674:sodom-and-gomorrah-discovered-an-interview-with-dr-steven-collins&catid=43:kkla-995-fm-los-angeles&Itemid=74)
Appendix: Other Conversions by Leading Skeptics & Thinkers
A few of the former prominent atheists, agnostics or other skeptics who have converted to theism (primarily Christianity) and samples of their relevant books. There are many others we haven’t time to list such as Czesław Miłosz (winner of the 1980 Nobel prize in literature) Fay Weldon, well-known British novelist, Evelyn Waugh, noted British writer and Dame Cicely Saunders, founded the hospice movement, nurse noted for palliative care; Templeton Prize Winner and Conrad N. Hilton humanitarian prize winner Michael Reiss, British biochemist (PhD in neural networks)
Mortimer J. Adler (editor, Encyclopaedia Britannica; architect, The Great Books of the Western World including it’s Syntopicon), Truth in Religion, How to Read a Book, How to Think about God.
Francis Collins, geneticist/physician and head of the National Human Genome Research Institute, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (while otherwise a great book, when it comes to biology and the life sciences he unfortunately adopts theistic evolution, apparently being unaware this is a biblically impossible position to hold e.g., Matthew 19:4-5).
Peter Hitchens (brother of noted atheist Christopher Hitchens), The Rage against God: How Atheism Led Me to God.
William Murray (son of famous atheist Madeline O’Hare Murray), My Life without God: the Rest of the Story
CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
Alastair McGrath, The Twilight of Atheism: the Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
Patrick Glynn, God: The Evidence
Bernard Nathanson (a founder of NARAL, performed 75,000 abortions), The Hand of God: a Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind.
Marvin Olasky (editor, Christian World Magazine), Standing for Christ in a Modern Babylon.
Malcolm Muggeridge, famed British journalist, Jesus Rediscovered.
Giovanni Papini, Life of Christ.
Anne Rice, noted author, Called out of Darkness: a Spiritual Confession; Christ the Lord series
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, famed Russian dissident, Gulag Archipelago; Warning to the West
Norma McCorvey “Jane Roe” of Roe V Wade fame, I am Roe: My Life, Roe V Wade, and Freedom of Choice; Won by Love: Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe V Wade Speaks out for the Unborn As She Shares Her New Conviction for Life
Anthony Flew, There Is a God
Roy Abraham Varghese, [with Henry Margenau], Eds. Cosmos, Bios,Theos; Roy Abraham Varghese, The Wonder of the World: a Journey from Modern Science to the Mind of God
Lee Strobel, former award-winning editor of the Chicago Tribune, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for the Real Jesus, God’s Outrageous Claims
A. J. Monty-White, physical chemist, post-doctoral Fellowship University of Wales and young earth creationist; (http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/isd/monty-white) What about Origins? How Old Is the Earth? Why I Believe in Creation.
- “List of Former Atheists and Agnostics”; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_former_atheists_and_agnostics; “List of People Who Converted to Christianity;”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_converted_to_Christianity#From_agnosticism_or_atheism