Over at Debunking Christianity, John Loftus created the “Debunking Christianity Challenge“. The short and sweet of it: Christians, especially evangelical ones, should read books about atheism by atheists. If faith is challenged and lost, then it wasn’t able to stand up to scrutiny. If faith is unwavering and stedfast, great. Your faith is stronger. “There’s nothing to lose,” says Loftus.
Out of the horses’ own mouths, I’ve heard Christians say, “I’m afraid to read those kinds of books, because I don’t know if my faith is strong enough.”
Personally, I don’t know what the issue is. All things worthwhile should stand up to scrutiny. If you think you’re stedfast in your faith and you actively try to talk to non-Christians, non-Jews, non-Muslims about your faith, take the DB Challenge.
There are a couple Christians who have taken Loftus up, and I plan on following their progress. One guy is Phil Vaz and he runs this blog. He self branded as a Catholic Christian apologist. Here’s where you can track his developments.
And then there is Micah at a blog called “Small Rivers.” Micah works as a pastor and is in line to get a masters degree in philosophy. He’s married and a soon-to-be father.
I’m anxiously looking forward to seeing how this pans out.