Join us with a full hour of news, starting with the headlines of the day. We then give you an update on a First Amendment case involving a high school football coach and his desire to pray. We round out the hour with an announcement of the creation of the nation’s premier cultural research organization. Get the news of the day from a biblical perspective.
In his new book Outgrowing God, Richard Dawkins purports to demolish the claims of mainstream religion, starting with belief in a Creator. All of life’s big questions can apparently be answered by science. But does he even understand what he rejects? Our guest’s answer is a resounding ‘No’. The high priest of New Atheism quite literally doesn’t know what he’s talking about, because the deity he rejects is a childish parody. From this flow many further muddles and straw man arguments. Our guest will offer incisive rebuttals and positive suggestions for advancing an often-sterile debate.
Michael Berry is the Chief of Staff for First Liberty Institute. He joined First Liberty in 2013 after serving for seven years on active duty as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps. Among Mr. Berry’s numerous positions within the Marine Corps, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, and from 2009-2012, Mr. Berry served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Berry continues to serve as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, and in 2017 he graduated from Command and Staff College where he was named a Distinguished Graduate.
George Barna is the founder of the Barna Group. Barna has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media development, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group in 1984 (now The Barna Group) and helped it become a leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture before selling it in 2009. Through the Barna Group, George has served several hundred parachurch ministries, thousands of Christian churches, and many other non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as the U.S. military. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Culture and Faith Institute (a division of United in Purpose), and is President of Metaformation, a faith development organization. After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and has a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. Barna has written more than 50 books, mostly addressing cultural trends, leadership, spiritual development, and church dynamics. They include New York Times bestsellers and several award-winning books. His works have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages. He has sold more books based on survey research related to matters of faith than any author in American history. His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. Barna has been hailed as “the most quoted person in the Christian Church today” and has been named by various media as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders.
Rupert Shortt is religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement and a former Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. His recent books include Christianophobia: A Faith under Attack (2012), Rowan's Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop (2014) and God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (2015).