Saturday, April 09, 2005

Faith Under Fire

Since last fall, Lee Strobel, an author (The Case for Christ) and former atheist, has hosted "Faith Under Fire," a provocative debate show on religious issues that airs Saturday nights at 10 p.m. EDT on the PAX network (locally on WGPX Channel 16, Time Warner Cable Channel 12). Even though Strobel is a devout Christian, his show provides a forum for all points of view. I highly recommend it, and now that the NCAA Basketball Tournament is over, I can get back into the habit of watching it.

Tonight's show looks particularly interesting. Here's an overview: . . .

A POTPOURRI OF FAITH
Show No. 120 (April 9, 2005)

Faith plays itself out in places of worship...and in our daily lives. In this week's Faith Under Fire, we look at issues surrounding faith in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the life of the daughter of America's most famous evangelist:
- Teaching Evolution
- Billy Graham's Other Woman
- Faith at Work

Teaching Evolution
For generations of students, evolution has been taught as scientific fact. Yet there are scientists who doubt Darwin's theory and believe that intelligent design better explains the origins of life. How can this be? And should intelligent design be taught in the same science courses as evolution? Dr. John G. West, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and associate director of their Center for Science and Culture, squares off with Rev. Barry Lynn, practicing attorney, ordained minister, and Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Billy Graham's Other Woman
She has been called the best preacher in the Graham family by none other than her father, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham. Yet Anne Graham Lotz began her teaching ministry reluctantly. While still reserved by nature, Anne Lotz now fills indoor arenas when she teaches. The founder and head of AnGeL Ministries, Anne is an elegant spokesperson for God and the Bible. In a one-on-one interview with host Lee Strobel, Anne Graham Lotz discusses her new book, Why? which looks at how we should respond when God seemingly doesn't answer our prayers.

Faith at Work
From chaplains at work to bosses holding Bible studies in the boardroom, faith is leaving its mark in the American workplace. Is this appropriate, or should faith be relegated to churches and our homes? Christopher Scott, executive director of the "Forum for Faith in the Workplace," a Christian ministry that helps people live out and share their faith, ethics, and values in their jobs, debates these workplace issues with renowned secular humanist Dr. Paul Kurtz, editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry magazine and professor emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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