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Twilight struggle

"Twilight struggle" Continued...

Issue: "Iraq: Bravo Company's story," Aug. 21, 2004

WORLD: How should Christians show the falsity of Darwinism? Should Christians declare that the prime weakness of Darwinian Christianity is not its opposition to the Bible but to the scientific evidence?

AM: My personal belief is that the best way of criticizing atheist Darwinism is to focus on the scientific evidence, and ask whether it demands that we abandon faith in God. It clearly does not. I'm very interested in this question, as I will ­publish a work later this year entitled Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life which argues that the noted atheist zoologist Richard Dawkins-author of books such as The Blind Watchmaker and The Selfish Gene-is actually unable to justify his atheism on the basis of the scientific ­evidence he offers.

WORLD: If it is the twilight of atheism, what is dawning? Some people see Islam as the next great threat to Christianity, and your observation of how Koreans (unlike some other peoples) saw Christianity as a liberator, not an oppressor, is important: How can Christians help Muslims to see Christian belief and practice as liberating?

AM: There is no doubt that Islam is a growing presence in the West, as well as in its traditional homelands in the Middle East and parts of Asia, including Indonesia. I think that one of the things that we need to do is encourage Christians to get to understand Islam better, and appreciate why so many Muslims see Christianity as being oppressive. In practice, this is often linked with the complex politics of the Middle East, including the present-day situation in Iraq. I have no doubt that one of the best ways that we can help Muslims to appreciate how Christianity is liberating is to establish close friendships that will make this kind of dialogue possible. I think that we also need to be aware of some of the misunderstandings that Muslims have about the gospel-for example, that we believe in three gods. This is very often a very helpful way of getting a good discussion underway.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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