Learn about how an atheist English professor became a Christian apologist. Get a sneak peek at a new book about miracles, coming out tomorrow. And find out why Ken Ham, the Answers in Genesis leader, wrote a blog post about me.
It’s the weekly buzz.
An Academic’s Journey from Atheism to Christianity
Dr. Holly Ordway used to be an atheist. Now, the former English professor’s story has reached a new chapter: she directs the Master of Arts in Apologetics program at Houston Baptist University. But why did she become a Christian?
Check out an interview she did with Fox News. Among other factors, she cites the influence of poetry. You should also read a recent interview she did with Strange Notions. She explains how her love of literature led her to contemplate Christianity:
I found that my favorite authors were men and women of deep Christian faith. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien above all; and then the poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, George Herbert, John Donne, and others. Their work was unsettling to my atheist convictions, in part because I couldn’t sort their poetry into neat ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ categories; their faith infused all their work, and the poems that most moved me, from Hopkins’ “The Windhover” to Donne’s Holy Sonnets, were explicitly Christian. I tried to view their faith as a something I could separate from the aesthetic power of their writing, but that kind of compartmentalization didn’t work well, especially not with a work of literature as rich and complex as The Lord of the Rings.
Dr. Ordway just published a new book about her conversion, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms.
What do you think of her story? What parts of it do you identify with?
Ken Ham Blogged about Me!
Last month, I wrote a guest post for NonProphet Status about the Bill Nye/Ken Ham creationism debate: “4 Things Bill Nye Should Have Said to Ken Ham.”
Well, Ken Ham responded to my blog post yesterday morning: “Four Misconceptions About Biblical Creation.” I’ll post a response to him Wednesday morning.
What do you think of Ham’s reaction to me?
Eric Metaxas’s New Book about Miracles Comes out Tomorrow
For me, a miracle is when something outside time and space—which is to say outside the material, natural world—enters time and space, whether just to wink at us or to poke at us briefly, or to come in and dwell among us for three decades.
Metaxas is a smart and funny guy worth knowing. And I’m not just saying that because he’s a Yalie. OK, maybe I’m a little biased.
Oh, and speaking of him, make sure you check out Socrates in the City. He hosts this fantastic NYC forum about “Life, God, and other small topics.”
The “Friendly Atheist” Interviews a Friendly Christian
Hemant Mehta, the prolific “Friendly Atheist” blogger, interviewed a frequent Christian commenter on his site. Mehta’s conversation with this Christian, Robert Wilson, is fantastic. It’s a reminder that Christian/atheist dialogue can be very heavy and very respectful.
“Science, Religion and the Assumptions We Make”
Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, wrote a great piece about science and religion for HuffPost. (He’s the president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.) He reminds us that the assumptions we make go a long way toward determining our conclusions. Brother Guy also mentions a new book that he co-wrote with Father Paul Mueller, Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?