This is the sensational story that the BBC have spent some £50 million bringing to the screen. The first series, retelling the first book “Northern Lights”, will be watched by millions of people in this weekend prime time slot in the run up to Christmas. Some critics have dismissed the books as “atheism for kids”
None of us want to be tolerated. If you’re still not convinced, I put it to you that you don’t want other people to tolerate you. Rather you want to be listened to. You want to be taken seriously. To be heard.
The question of whether a person can be good without God might seem a strange one. After all, surely none of us would be so arrogant as to claim that only those who believe in God can live a good life.
Whilst some readers might see the book as a condemnation of Christianity, and of the danger of a doctrine of revelation which requires submission to an ancient text. We note that in both these books Jesus isn’t mentioned and Bibles are locked up
. It was also really encouraging to see Christians from across the churches in Aberdeen coming together to think about this. I hope that conference will have an overflow-effect so that this won’t be just a one-off fun event for a Saturday, but actually begins to change the way we engage with our colleagues in a day-to-day life
"Praying has become a lot less religious and a lot more real, and much, much more from the heart; less about what we 'ought' to be praying because that's what other people would approve."
I particularly liked the focus on our personal role ('Am I responsible for anyone else's suffering?' is one chapter heading), and the constant pointers back to Jesus' work on the cross ('Can a broken story be fixed?')
"It was great to work together with SU Scotland, Powerpoint, and Mike Pilavachi and speak to hundreds and hundreds of eager young people who want to go deeper with God"
Four solid reasons to believe the extraordinary claims of the Christian faith.
The Bible, he notes, urges us to pursue goodness, not happiness - but it turns out that "goodness is deliciously happy!".