AN Wilson Finds Faith (again)

AN Wilson, an atheist “biographer” of Jesus , Paul, and C.S. Lewis , has found faith. And he has a few words for the “new atheists.” Here’s the heart of the article:

The Easter story answers their questions about the spiritual aspects of humanity. It changes people’s lives because it helps us understand that we, like Jesus, are born as spiritual beings.

Every inner prompting of conscience, every glimmering sense of beauty, every response we make to music, every experience we have of love – whether of physical love, sexual love, family love or the love of friends – and every experience of bereavement, reminds us of this fact about ourselves.

Ah, say the rationalists. But no one can possibly rise again after death, for that is beyond the realm of scientific possibility.

And it is true to say that no one can ever prove – nor, indeed, disprove – the existence of an after-life or God, or answer the conundrums of honest doubters (how does a loving God allow an earthquake in Italy?)

Easter does not answer such questions by clever-clever logic. Nor is it irrational. On the contrary, it meets our reason and our hearts together, for it addresses the whole person.

In the past, I have questioned its veracity and suggested that it should not be taken literally. But the more I read the Easter story, the better it seems to fit and apply to the human condition. That, too, is why I now believe in it.

Easter confronts us with a historical event set in time. We are faced with a story of an empty tomb, of a small group of men and women who were at one stage hiding for their lives and at the next were brave enough to face the full judicial persecution of the Roman Empire and proclaim their belief in a risen Christ.

3 thoughts on “AN Wilson Finds Faith (again)

  1. Nick Nowalk says:

    Wow, I had no idea Wilson had converted (or at least changed his mind on these things). I’ve read some of his former stuff on Paul and Jesus, and it was pretty horrid. N.T. Wright’s “What Saint Paul Really Said” has a final chapter devoted to Wilson. Praise God for His grace!

  2. That’s good news indeed.

    I watched the Passion of the Christ last night and it reminded me that I am always amazed at how the disciples changed behavior so rapidly, and so dramatically in the days following Jesus’ death. What short of it being true could have caused that? Jesus death was so brutal I can’t imagine wanting to go around saying he was alive, knowing full well what would happen to me.

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