manicstreetpreacher blows off the cobwebs.
After nearly a 2-year hiatus I decided to accept another invitation from Justin Brierley at Premier Christian Radio and give the atheist point of view on matters of faith on his sceptics debate show, Unbelievable?. My opponent was Peter Harris, a teacher and a doctorate student of theology and apologetics who has a page on BeThinking.
We were only supposed to debate atheism’s role in the atrocities of Hitler and Stalin’s regime in the 20th century. However, with the outrage committed in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik (or Andrew Berwick as he Analgised his name, which was my preferred option!) and the mutterings in the press immediately afterwards that he may have been a “Christian fundamentalist”, that topic will have to wait until a fortnight’s time.
We therefore debated the potential harmful effects of religion on people’s minds and whether it caused them to kill.
You can listen live at 2:30pm BST 30 July 2011
London 1305, 1332, 1413 MW
Sky Digital 0123
Below are the links to a few of the sources upon which I relied.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, welcomes the prospect of a nuclear Holocaust with open arms.
Sometimes just to declare Christian doctrine can shock and stir bitter debate – even among Christians. Last week Dr Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury, did just that.
A savvy piece of journalism comparing the then Bishop of Carlisle, the Right Reverend Graham Dow’s absurd comments that the July 2007 North Yorkshire floods were punishment for homosexual marriage laws to the Muslim fundamentalist who drove a truckload of explosives into Glasgow airport.
The bishop restricts himself to condoning the actions of a terrorist God, while the human fireball appointed himself as a direct tool of divine wrath. It’s hardly a distinction to be sneezed at in these dangerous times. But it’s not quite enough to quell the sense that the bishop finds himself in a distant intellectual kinship with the suicide bomber – both worshippers of a God who communicates through the deaths of innocents.
The clip of me is halfway down the post. I’m the baldy headed toff in the cream shirt…
Tags: Anders Behring Breivik, Andrew Berwick, atheism, BeThinking, Bishop of Carlisle, christianity, debate, Graham Dow, justin brierley, North Yorkshire Floods July 2007, premier christian radio, unbelievable