Giving Christians Something Other Than William Lane Craig's Stawmen
Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg and William Lane Craig are hosting a "seminar" being broadcast simultaneously to participating churches around the US in HOW TO DEAL WITH THE RISE OF ATHEISM. They are promising to "UNPACK THE CENTRAL CLAIMS MADE BY THOSE WHO DENY GOD'S EXISTENCE AND DISCUSS HOW WE CAN BEST ANSWER THEM." This should be very interesting because atheists don't make any claims other than: "Your evidence for god is lacking, therefore I don't believe in it." Not sure how they can answer that since they already tried and failed. At any rate, I think it would be a good idea if atheists attended this event in order to find out what is being said about our position and how these fundamentalist evangelicals are preparing themselves to confront us. Additionally, they plan to have so-called "former atheists who were compelled by the EVIDENCE to follow Christ" speaking as well. Hope you can attend and help get the word out!
Video calling on atheists to attend these events: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkNYLlEFkNk&feature=em-uploademail-new
The event page with a video from Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg explaining what will happen: http://incastevents.com/portfolio/unpacking-atheism/
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