Two leaders on completely opposite ends of the belief spectrum will debate the topic, “Is Christianity Good for America?” April 17, asking the question from the viewpoint of a religion and culture expert and committed Christian apologist (one who defends the faith) and of a proponent of atheism, secular humanism and separation of church and state.
World-renowned Christian apologetics expert, noted author, speaker and national talk show host Dr. Alex McFarland is also Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at NGU. He will debate Edward Tabash, a Los Angeles attorney who promotes atheism, secular humanism and separation of church and state, at 7 p.m. April 17 in Turner Chapel on the campus of North Greenville University.
McFarland is a leader in the Christian worldview movement and is a frequent commentator on Christian worldview issues for top media outlets across the country—on topics from finances and marriage to atheism and politics. He has preached in all 50 states and has spoken to thousands of students. His ability to rationally examine current issues in all areas of life through the lens of a biblical worldview is changing the way that people view Christianity in America and is creating an intense desire to bring America back to its Christian roots.
Tabash is the son of an orthodox rabbi from Lithuania and an Auschwitz survivor from Hungary. After a lifetime of spiritual searching, he believes the best evidence we have strongly points to a naturalistic universe in which there are no supernatural beings and no God or gods. He currently chairs the national legal committee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization that claims to be devoted to preserving equality before the law for both believers and nonbelievers.
Tabash also chairs the First Amendment Task Force for the Council for Secular Humanism, which serves as the primary avenue for his public speaking and debating on the existence of God. He is also a life member of American Atheists and a strong supporter of Internet Infidels, which contains perhaps the most comprehensive library in existence of philosophical arguments against the existence of any supernatural beings.
McFarland recently launched Project 2026, a 15-year initiative to preserve America and restore it to the Christian principles upon which the nation was founded, and against which atheists argue. Through spiritual awakening and revival, Project 2026 will engage more than 100,000 churches, organizations, ministries and individuals, all with a common goal to rescue America from dire straits.
McFarland was previously set to debate David Silverman, president of the American Atheists, but Silverman cancelled his appearance.
“I always look forward to debates like these, not because I enjoy proving anyone wrong just for the sake of proving them wrong, but because it is a privilege when we can come together and talk about our views intelligently and rationally—with plenty of respect,” McFarland said.
McFarland is an expert in the field of apologetics, from the Greek word meaning “speaking in defense.” Through his work, McFarland encourages Christians to rationally and intelligently defend their faith, at a time when it is desperately needed.
His newest book, 10 Answers for Skeptics, identifies the 10 most common types of skepticism that plague doubters’ minds and offers believers strategies for connecting intellectually and spiritually with those who are skeptical about Christianity. McFarland is also the author of the Stand series of devotions for teens, featuring titles such as Diving into God’s Word, Unleashing the Wisdom of God, Seeking the Way of God, Core Truths You Must Know for an Unshakable Faith and Stand Strong: In College, as well as The 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity and 10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer.
McFarland hosts the Sound Rēzn TV show on the National Religious Broadcasters Network and co-hosts the daily live radio program Explore the Word on American Family Radio Network.
For more information on Alex McFarland, visit www.alexmcfarland.com, or to learn more about Project 2026, visit www.Project2026.com.