Eric Metaxas, John Paul Sartre, John Smear discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
Welcome to the Eric metaxas show with your host. Eric taxes. Alvin, I find myself in Wichita, Kansas. I don't know how this happened, but I'm here. Here's the issue because because it's the launch date today, Tuesday for my new book. I probably never mentioned it. It's called is atheism dead? Yes. And it's a handsome book. It's 400 and something pages, color photos, and you can get it for 45% off. If you go to my website, Eric metaxas dot com scroll down, this is very limited. I don't know how they can do 45% off. I'm not joking. I don't care where you order it from, by the way, but I'm just letting you know. But because today is the launch date, you thought you could interview me about the book. Now, we did that an hour one. We recorded that a couple of days ago. But of course, we didn't scratch the surface. There's so much bizarre stuff in this book. I'm so excited about it that I can't shut up and I apologize. But let me just ask you one of you ask me, you don't even have to ask me questions. You can just comment on what you've read because you've had a lot of interesting observations and I was thrilled as the author to hear you respond to it. No, no, it's just been tremendous. I was reading it on the train in and out of the studio. And then, of course, you went on your book tour. You've just started it basically and today is the big day. By the way, here's what it usually I have a candle in a cupcake and I say congratulation, happy new book, who you happy to. But this one has a black cover. It's about, well, death is atheism dead, and it's kind of rhetorical when you ask the question. It's about life. Yeah. It's about death is dead, then it is life that is alive. But that's a lot. Go ahead. Go ahead. Now, John smear and others have actually brought this out. It's really written in three parts. There's the scientific part about whether you should believe in God or not. And science is continually proving the existence of God, not just like, eh, maybe some nefarious. No, there's a loving God who is a designer and designed this place that we live. Then there's biblical archeology that continually proves that the Old Testament and New Testament. These are not just stories. These are true accounts of what happened in the past. So that proves the God of the Bible, belief in a God of a Bible of the Bible who's a designer and a loving God. And then the last part is just delightful because it's about a previous atheist like Camus and John Paul Sartre and how they came to faith at the end of their lives. And that's incredible because they looked at the evidence and they were open minded. And you said, at the end of the book, and this will be my opening question to you. You said that you can no longer because of the evidence be an atheist, but it's still okay to be an agnostic. So what is the difference between an atheist and an agnostic? I think an atheist is a person that really, for them, it's a philosophy. In other words, they say there is no God and they take this stance against God and they claim that that has to do with reason and their pro reason and anti faith. All of that falls apart when you look at it. It doesn't make sense. It's just kind of an angry, it's like a tattoo. It's like, hey mom, dad, I'm my own man now. I think at some point, you have to go through that. And to the other side and see that even if you don't like people of faith or you don't like what the Bible says, you can be an agnostic and say I have questions. It refers to knowledge, agnostic is to be, without knowledge, to still have questions. I'm not sure, that to me seems respectable and yet what we call atheism, which says I know there's no God or I'm pretty sure there's no gut. I don't think in this day and age, it can make sense. If you look at the evidence, if you don't look at the evidence, I mean, if you read this book, I don't see how you come out an atheist. You may still say, well, I don't like the writer. He's an idiot. I find a lot of stuff in here tenuous. Great. It's a free country. You can think what you like, but to say there's no God once you read the scientific evidence. And by the way, have we played the hue Ross hour yet? We have he's coming up this week. Our office is coming up. You Ross. Says, and this is true. In other words, in my book, I talk about all the evidence coming out from science that makes it less and less possible to fathom that the universe just arose randomly, right? Hugh Ross says, practically every day, every month, more evidence is coming out. And he's on top of this. If you go to reasons to believe, which is his magnificent ministry organization, wow. But he says, it just gets worse and worse and worse and worse. If you are clinging to some idea that science is going to prove there's no God, the opposite has been happening for decades and it's accelerating. So I just think we have to be honest and it gets to the end of the book. I talk about what I call the founding myth of atheism. This battle between Galileo and the church, which when you read that chapter, you realize, that itself is a lie, the way it's been presented is essentially not true. But the bigger issue is that Galileo was a profound Christian who believed that with the scripture says the heavens declare the glory of God. In other words that whatever you study in the heavens or on this earth, it's going to declare the magnificence of the God who created it. And so he's looking through his telescope, he sees, for example, the big issue was that, oh, the planets and the sun are not revolving around the earth. On the contrary, it is we unearth who are traveling around the sun. And he said to people, take a look to the telescope. Don't take my word for it. Look through the telescope. Look at the evidence dare to look at the evidence. Yeah. And people refuse to look through the telescope. And he joked about it at one point, but I feel like people are so dug in. Yeah. Excuse me, people are so dug in. They don't even want to look at the evidence. They just batted away. And I think, well, that's the thing. You're just asking people to keep an open mind. Just keep your mind open to what we're going to present here. That's what you can't prove God on in other words, God himself has to touch a person's heart. So there's a great mystery there. But you can try to understand the fact. It's kind of like if you study math, or science or history, you just want to know what is. And I think people can become so entrenched that they don't want to know what is. They don't want to know the truth of the facts. That's bad. So I want to say to people, I try in the book to present it as fair mindedly as possible. I've discovered three or 5 ridiculous typos, which we have to change. I think I say something crazy like the diameter of Jupiter is 900,000 miles across. It's 90,000 miles across. I think I say something that Pluto has no moons, technically, that's not true. There's a couple of things like that in there, but we're going to fix them in the second duration. But none of that will affect the basics as you'll see. But I say that just so that, you know, when you're rushing a book to print, you miss stuff like this, but I just think the evidence is so overwhelming that I want at least people of faith to acquaint themselves with these facts because it is. It's overwhelming and almost nobody knows this. So I'm a popularizer. I put this stuff in a book to make it easy for your average reader, you know, you don't have to read the books that I read, but you can at least grasp the basics. And I'm telling you, we're living in exciting times right now. This is very exciting that this knowledge has not been known on a popular level. Yeah, you know what? And I don't think this is in the book. I haven't gotten to everything. I'm a few pages from the end believe it or not, but John Paul Sartre, his dying words, apparently recorded by a guy named Pierre Victor. He said this. This is amazing from SARS. He said, I do not feel that I am a product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected prepared prefigured, in short of being whom only a creator could put here and this idea of a creating hand refers to God. And that's amazing. Those weren't his dying words, but they were near when he was near death. And he wanted to write this down to make it clear. Yes. That this wasn't the doddering ravings of an old man, but that he had thought this through. But it's more dramatic than I even remembered. When you just read it right now, I thought, that's Jean-Paul Sartre. Yes. Like the idea that he who was this arch atheist philosopher that he wrote this and it made his atheist Friends very angry. Oh,.