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Lecture Title: “The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God: Why New Atheism Grew Old and Secular Thinkers are Considering Christianity Again”
At one time ‘new atheism’ was a force to be reckoned with. Books by skeptics such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens were bestsellers. But today new atheism has grown old. Why did it fizzle out? And how has the conversation on God changed?
Podcast host Justin Brierley has decades of experience hosting high-profile conversations between Christians and skeptics. In his new book, The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God, he explains why the tide has turned on new atheism and a new generation of secular thinkers such as Jordan Peterson, Tom Holland, and Douglas Murray are taking God seriously again.
Likewise, Justin tells the stories of a number of thinking adults who have been surprised to find themselves converting to Christianity as the atheist story of reality has worn threadbare. Could this be a sign that 21st century people are ready to believe in God again?
Even as the West continues to become increasingly post-Christian, the religious instinct has never really gone away. Yet, as a ‘meaning crisis’ looms, how much longer can the individualistic stories we are now telling ourselves last? Perhaps we are ready to see the Christian story reborn in our culture.
Justin Brierley is a UK broadcaster, writer, and speaker who hosted the Unbelievable? show and Ask NT Wright Anything podcast for many years. He currently hosts the Re-Enchanting podcast and a newly launched documentary podcast series The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God.