Interview with Dr. Paul Chamberlain

Ravi There was a time when atheists merely viewed religion as an oddity like stamp collecting, believing religion possessed little to no ultimate value or truth and was harmless. Those days are now gone. Religion has moved from wrong to bad. In fact, the now deceased atheist Christopher Hitchens went so far as to claim, “the main source of hatred in the world is religion.” Dr. Paul Chamberlain argues in his book, Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith, that “9/11 brought with it a new fervency, even militancy, in approach taken by critics of religion who are actively dedicated to getting out the message that religious faith is not only false but actually dangerous…” The brunt of this anti-religion propaganda, interestingly enough, has been focused on Christianity. The effects of which have been devastating on our university campuses where 50-90 percent of Christians will abandon their faith. During this episode of Apologetics.com your host, Andy Steiger, interviews Dr. Chamberlain on his book regarding the current state of culture, the fallacious thinking being promoted and how the church can respond. Dr. Chamberlain is a professor at Trinity Western University (TWU) and director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics at TWU / ACTS Seminary in Langley, BC Canada (acts.twu.ca). His book can be purchased at local bookstores, on Amazon or through Baker Books Publishing. You can hear Dr. Chamberlain address the topic: Is Religion Dangerous live at the Apologetics Canada Conference on March 9th-10th, 2012 in Vancouver, BC Canada. For more info and to register please visit: www.apologeticscanadaconference.com.

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    Peter 7 years ago

    I agree, and think that any church with an Education Pastor slot, and delfiateny the youth pastor slot (look at the statistics of youth leaving church upon graduating HS) needs to have someone with an apologetics background fill that position. Too many churches have M.Div folks in almost all pastor positions these days, and as lauded as the M.Div programs are at just about every evangelical seminary out there, the quality of pastors and assistant pastors they have collectively produced across America is well, just look at the current state of evangelicalism and make the connections. I intentionally went for the apologetics program at Biola rather than an M.Div program anywhere so as to insure I don’t become part of the problem, but part of the solution with evangelicalism these days. As long as jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none M.Div degrees are held in such high esteem among evangelicals they NO LONGER deserve (maybe it was different thirty years ago), the same cookie-cutter people will be churned out of seminaries to lead our churches into the intellectual gutter. This may sound anecdotal, but every person I have met that got a M.Div in the last ten years from anywhere can’t really proclaim the Gospel, can’t exegete and exposit texts, and can’t answer tough questions. They just look for a post somewhere to give themselves the opportunity to spew out their versions of the five week sermon series on whatever latest relevant drivel that crosses their minds paired with three proof-texts or so. There is a correlation between the anemic modern evangelical churches and the seminary programs that put out the leaders of them armed with the M.Div as it is today.

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