Mining for God

— on TV this Saturday —

Mining for God Profile picBrandon McGuire grew up with a Midwestern American view of Christianity. After college, though, he lived for three months in Africa, where he saw a very different kind of lived-out Christianity.

When he came back to America, he started to pay more attention to what people think about Christianity. As he asked questions, both online and on the street, it soon became apparent that people hold all manner of beliefs:

  • Good people go to heaven; bad people end up in hell.
  • All religions are basically the same.
  • It’s about rules.
  • It’s about controlling people.
  • No religion can be the only way to God or spirituality.

Some people didn’t have a clue as to where they got the ideas they hold or why they believe what they believe (none of the above are consistent with orthodox Christianity, by the way). Brandon realized that this was an area of much confusion in America. So he set out to address it rationally. He asked such questions as:

  • What is Christianity?
  • What are some of the ideas that have influenced the way people think about it?
  • Is there any evidence for God in the natural world?
  • If so, how can we know something about this God?
  • Is there such a thing as objective truth, or is truth relative to cultures?

And then he turned an eye to the central event in the Christian narrative – the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, this claim – that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead – makes Christianity testable:

  • Is there evidence for the resurrection?
  • And if so how credible is it?

He interviews a variety of people – people on the street, former atheists and former believers in other religions, and some of the most seasoned Christian scholars making the case for Christianity today such as William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, J Warner Wallace, Nabeel Qureshi, Lee Strobel, and many more.

The result of all of this inquiry is Mining for God, a one hour, expertly produced documentary that doesn’t preach at anyone or quote the Bible at anyone. Rather, it raises good questions and respectfully offers intelligent food for thought.

You can watch it free this Saturday, July 18th, on AT&T U-Verse Channel 61, Comcast HiDef Channel 436, Comcast Channel 13 (West Palm Beach), Comcast Channel 17 (Vero Beach), and Over-The-Air Channels: 61.1, 61.2, 61.3, 61.4.

If you don’t get those channels, you can watch live online here.

It will air from 10:00-11:00pm and again from 11:00pm-12:00am, Saturday, July 18th.

You really should set your DVR and check this out. It’s excellent. And by the way, I think it’s notable that Brandon’s still in his 20s. If more millennials take this kind of approach to faith, there’s good hope for Christianity in America. Tune in and see if you don’t agree.

Click here for the trailer for Mining for God.

Click here to hear William Lane Craig on, Is science the only path to knowledge?

… and here for another clip from the film.

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