Add This to Your Netflix Queue: The Atheism Tapes

I stumbled upon this mini-series while looking through the Netflix Instant Queue for something to add to my already outrageous 290+ queue.  The series is kind of the leftovers of a BBC documentary entitled, “Atheism:  A Rough History Disbelief”, which was created by the British director Jonathan Miller.

The series contains six interviews with the likes of English philosopher Colin McGinn, American physicist Steven Weinberg, playwright Arthur Miller, English biologist Richard Dawkins (yes, that Richard Dawkins), theologian Denys Turner, and American philosopher Daniel Dennett.  All of these guys are academics, and talk like academics.  So, if things like the ontological argument don’t excite you, you might find this series a bit dry.  Being wired a little weird, I found the series fascinating.

In a culture where atheism and agnosticism are increasingly more visible, Christians need to engage with such points of view.  It sharpens your thinking and forces you to view theology from another perspective.  To simply resort to “The Bible says it.  I believe it.  That settles it.” doesn’t hold much water anymore.  While I do not think that intellectual debate will win many people over, it is still vital that we be able to talk about our faith intelligently.

The Atheism Tapes are currently available on Netflix’s Instant Viewing, as well as Amazon.  You can also find them by doing a Google video search.  In fact, I’ve done the work for you.  Here are some links:

The Atheism Tapes:  Colin McGinn

The Atheism Tapes:  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes:  Arthur Miller

The Atheism Tapes:  Richard Dawkins

The Atheism Tapes:  Denys Turner

The Atheism Tapes:  Daniel Dennett


About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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