Iain started by reflecting on the fact that the church has the massive task of communicating truth about God, but the mass media is full of confused and confusing messages about God. In particular, the media in the west frequently present a number of specific challenges:
- Faith is irrational and anti science
- A natural process, understood, needs no further explanation
- God is synonymous with ‘magic’ and micro-management
- A plethora of chance processes is sufficient to explain complex life
- Religion is dangerous
- There is no reliable evidence for supernatural claims about Jesus Christ
- Morality does not depend on God
- God, if he exists, would prevent suffering
Iain then outlined the opportunity to openly and even-handedly explore such big questions. He introduced his television series, The God Question, which is a multimedia production inviting an open exploration of the truth about God in relation to:
- The Cosmos and the God Question: does the universe need a creator?
- Life, Evolution, and the God Question: was Darwin God’s undertaker?
- Mind, Consciousness and the God Question: is belief in god a no-brainer?
- Sacred Texts and the God Question: are the holy truths a lie?
- Suffering and the God Question: is pain the final nail?
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