Preaching Ecclesiastes in a Secular Age

October 4, 2011


A new series on Ecclesiastes begins this Sunday at College Church.  Ecclesiastes has a unique voice in the context of our secular age.  There have certainly been significant contributions made in recent years to the “God debate.”

Some interesting conversations about that debate would be spurred by reference to Terry Eagleton’s Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (Yale University Press, 2009), a publication of Eagleton’s lectures at Yale for the 2008 “Dwight Harrington Terry Foundation Lectures on Religion in the Light of Science and Philosophy.”  Perhaps few, if any, readers would agree with everything that Eagleton says, but his telling, often funny, sometimes bromide-laden, always insightful, demolition job on Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens (or as he suggests calling them “Ditchkins”) is compelling.  Eagleton’s main point is that most new atheists have what he calls a “superstitious” view of God.

Instead you might reference books by James W. Sire (Why Good Arguments Often Fail, IVP 2006), or other volumes like Al Mohler’s Atheism Remix (Crossway, 2008), or Roger Lundin’s Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age (Eerdmans, 2009), or the work of John Lennox, God’s Undertaker (Lion, 2007).


Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.


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