Sunday, May 10, 2009

Noted Skeptic and Atheist Converts to Christianity

A. N. Wilson was a convert to atheism from Christianity and has now returned to Christianity. Wilson was the author of the book Jesus where he attempted to dismantle the credibility of the Gospels and portray Jesus as "a Galilean holy man, an heir to the prophetic tradition, who possessed charismatic healing powers; it is improbable that this monotheistic Jew ever believed himself to be the Second Person of the Trinity or that he instituted the Eucharist. Wilson proposes that the feast at Cana may have been Jesus's own wedding; that the woman who poured ointment over his feet and wiped them with her hair is a detail "too strange" to have been invented; that Jesus's cousin John the Baptist came to disbelieve that Jesus was the Messiah; and that the Stranger seen by Jesus's disciples after his death was probably Jesus's brother James. This biography also suggests that Judas was innocent of betraying Jesus, that "the Pharisees were among the most virtuous men who had ever lived," that Jesus was never tried by the Jewish Sanhedrin, and that Paul was the high priest's servant who supervised Jesus's arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane." (From Publishers Weekly).

This is an astounding testimony to the grace of God in this man's life. You can read about it here and and see Wilson's article on "Why we should no longer be cowed by the chattering classes ruling Britain who sneer at Christianity."

Wilson says, "My departure from the Faith was like a conversion on the road to Damascus. My return was slow, hesitant, doubting. So it will always be; but I know I shall never make the same mistake again." (Why I Believe Again)

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