The Island of Faith

This is a series of twelve video presentations on my own journey from atheism to Christianity, and my explorations of the Christian faith. These presentations are each about 20 minutes long.

The first is entitled ‘Beginning a Journey’, and sets the scene for my exploration of the relation of science, faith, and doubt. This presentation sets the scene for the central image – an ‘Island of Faith’ which I discovered and began to explore, when my earlier scientific atheism collapsed. I found myself shipwrecked on this island of faith.

The second presentation, ‘Becoming an Atheist’, tells about my early love of science. This began with a sense of awe in the presence of the beauty and vastness of nature, but gradually changed into a rather dogmatic scientific atheism. This presentation explains how this happened, and identifies three major factors which led to me becoming a teenage atheist.

The third presentation, ‘Needing More than Science’, explains my growing realization that science cannot answer life’s big questions. Science fills in part of a “Big Picture” of life, but cannot engage questions of meaning and value if it remains faithful to the scientific method. I engage this point in dialogue with Albert Einstein and the philosopher Mary Midgley.

The fourth presentation discusses my atheist ‘crisis of faith’, as I realized that what I had once believed to be certain turned out to be a matter of faith, lacking a proper basis in evidence. The presentation describes my growing concerns about atheism, scientific positivism, and Marxism – three interconnected sets of ideas which I had once assumed to be totally secure.

I then move on, in the fifth presentation, to talk about my transition from atheism to Christianity, explaining the intellectual importance of Albert Einstein, and the imaginative significance of Plato’s famous analogy of the cave, to this transition.