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: