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There's Hope

April 14, 2017 at 11:21 PM

Terry Gross interviewed Christopher Eccleston, who plays an Episcopal priest on "The Leftovers."  He admitted that he used to be an atheist, but now "he's not so sure."

Gross asked him to talk about what had changed.  He said that he now has children, beautiful children, and he watched his dad struggle through dementia, and that "life had happened to him," and now he wasn't so sure.

He has also been influenced by the book of Job. He was asked to read the part where God unleashes some of the greatest poetry anywhere (Job 38) at some event at Cantebury.  And, then two years later, he was somewhere else, and there was the bible, opened to the same passage. Some how, Job speaks to him.

As I was driving and listening, tears welled up in my eyes.  Usually, atheists are adamant that God does not exist, and yet, here was an atheist no longer so convinced.  And, his testimony (although he probably would not call it that) was being aired on the radio on Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the Christian year.

To me, this is hopeful.  That God can some how reach an atheist through both the birth of children and the death of the man's father - well, that speaks of the power of God.

May you know the presence of God and the hope of the resurrection.