A Presbyterian theologian has joined with an Anglican peer to put together resources to help those in ministry deal with “the new atheism”.
Dr John McClean, who is deputy principal of the Presbyterian Theological Centre, and Dr Michael Jensen from Moore Theological College, have prepared material for a series of four sermons or Bible talks as a response to atheist claims which Christians might find threatening.
The material is available to ministers, Elders, lay preachers and worship of Bible study leaders and has been recommended by the Presbyterian Church of Australia’s Moderator General, Rt Rev David Jones.
Mr Jones referred to the global atheist convention held in Melbourne in April, saying that it sought to proclaim its alternative version of reality.
“Some Christians feel threatened by the claims of what is known as “the new atheism”,” Mr Jones said..
“To help Presbyterian teachers and leaders grapple with this threat, Dr John McClean from Presbyterian Theological Centre, Sydney and Dr Michael Jensen from Moore Theological college have put together some resources for a series of four sermons/Bible talks. Each topic lists the appropriate Biblical texts, sets out the rationale for the particular sermon, provides notes, sermon outline, suitable quotes and suggested further reading.”
The four topics covered are:-
· Doubting and Believing
· Atheism and the real (inconvenient) God
· Suffering and God
· Can you be good without God?”
Mr Jones said he believed the material helpfully addressed the main issues raised by atheists.
“Martin Luther once said that we are to live as if `Christ died yesterday, rose again today and is coming back tomorrow’. “Those are the truths that we have celebrated over Easter. These are the realities we live by as christians, our Lord`s sacrificial death on the cross and his victorious resurrection.”