Monday, February 2, 2009

An athiest's plea for faith

Matthew Parris says "As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs more God." It's an intentionally ironic headline to his Times of London column, but he's far from joking.

How ironic indeed that that best argument I've ever read for reaching the lost with the gospel of Christ -- and he takes it beyond just the needs of Africa here -- is coming from a confirmed nonbeliever. It's a remarkable statement and a fine read.

It's sadly ironic too, of course, that the liberation Parris sees specifically in Reformation Christianity is a reality Parris yet resists in his own life. Then again, he's standing precisely where C.S. Lewis stood before he was dragged kicking and screaming into the liberating freedom of faith in Christ.

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