"An Interview with the Archbishop of Atheism" by John Hawley.
"It was a hot sunny day in the end of June as I preached in our usual patch in Cornmarket in the heart of Oxford. Tourists, students and shoppers all around us, particularly many Sixth Form hopefuls on an Oxford University Taster Day.
|John Hawley and Richard Dawkins|
He suffered me for a while asking me who I was etc. I shared my testimony that as a lad of fifteen I had come to know Christ as my Saviour. At this he became dismissive, and to be honest just plain rude. He asserted that no one could go along with all this and that my brain anyway ‘was only a lump of meat!’ I quoted from the Bible that one day he would have to face God and it was ‘appointed to men once to die and after that the judgement.’
His derision and contempt was now unconcealed and he started walking away pouring out a verbal assault. I continued to share some Bible truths with him and he came back for some more.
After a few more challenges he became incensed with contempt and anger, and just walked away in disgust! It was ironic that only a few minutes before a busker had been playing ‘There is a green Hill far away’ right in the spot where I chatted with Richard Dawkins.
At least he accepted a Sure of Heaven CD in the early part of the conversation, which he put in his cycle basket. Into that same basket one of our number had put a Unique Jesus some years before after he saw him going into the Clarenden Centre. Richard Dawkins has been offered the gospel but has arrogantly and stubbornly rejected it.
My thoughts go back to Pilgrim’s Progress where another ‘Professor’ declared at the Interpreter’s House - ‘I have so hardened my heart against the grace of God that I cannot repent’.
How we need to pray for people such as Professor Dawkins!
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