What really stood out for me in his post is the effect of Jesus on the cross on a roomful of atheists.
... At one point, in the context of making fun of the events of Good Friday, one of the Powerpoint images was Jesus on the cross — a shot of Jim Caviezel in the extremity of The Passion of the Christ. Dawkins paused and looked up at it, as did the whole crowd. Time stood still. For one terrible moment, it was like Dawkins’ pants had fallen down. A wave of fake-sounding, nervous guffaws spread throughout the hall. Clearly, the image of the Suffering Servant was kept up on the giant white screen for too long. A bit too much for a bit too long. Dawkins segued to a derisive crack about the sadism of the bloodthirsty Christian deity.
But it was too late. Something had happened in that room. I have no empirical evidence for this observation but there it is. Something happened. Some tiny backfire infiltrated the proceedings.
The sight of the crying, bereft and abandoned Jesus was enough to break the hard heart of a rough Roman soldier on the Day when the real crucifixion went down. God willing, we’ll read of similar breakings, and mendings, in our day.
Which links back into my last post - Christians, wear your crosses (and the crucifix is far more powerful!)
I'm going to also have to see if the debate between Dawkins and Cardinal George Pell of Australia mentioned in the post, which apparently happened yesterday, (or maybe it's happening today American time) is online somewhere. That should be interesting, to say the least!
Update: Yes, there was a debate. You can read about it and watch it here.
Related links: Crashing an Atheists' Love-In ~ Patrick Coffin
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