The God Question – Iain Morris
>>I want to introduce to you Iain Morris.
Iain is an accomplished TV producer and director with a passion to help audiences to engage
with the big questions in life. He is currently producing a TV series for mainstream TV called
“The God Question” in which atheists and theists express their views and their arguments. it’s
hoped that this series will stimulate serious debate throughout the culture when it’s aired
on TV. Will you give a warm welcome to Iain Morris.>>Thank you Nick. One thing Nick might have
said is that I don’t always sound like this. I’m going to speak to you for 2 1/2 minutes
before showing you this series or excerpts from this series Nick was talking about. If
your mind wanders just once you will miss completely everything I’ve got to say, so
here we are. Just concentrate for a moment on we are here
to do this week. It’s quite clear that the leaders of this congress have convened this
meeting to communicate what we believe is the truth about God. The verse that is the
theme verse is ‘God in Christ reconciling the world to himself’. In many parts of the
world, probably the one that you come from, there is a battle going on about the central
concept of that verse, which is the words God Himself, and much of the debate about
God is taking place within the very public channels of media. As you were responding
to the questions, many of you were talking about world views that are communicated through
mass media. But mass media are also communicating views about God and what kind of things are
they saying. Here are some of the messages that I think
I’ve identified: that faith is irrational and anti-science, that a natural process such
as how life began and evolved understood needs no further explanation; that God (if you want
to use that term) means something to do with magic, pizazz, some kind of micromanagement
as well of everything that goes on; a plethora of chance processes is sufficient to explain
complex life; and by the way religion of course is dangerous. And if you want to talk about
Jesus well there is no reliable evidence for the supernatural claims of his resurrection.
Do you want to talk about morality, well that doesn’t depend on God and any case God if
he existed would prevent suffering. Ladies and gentlemen we are up against it in terms
of the messages that the mass media communicate to the world.
On the basis that the mass media matter, which of course is why we have convened this session,
the question arises, what can believers do? We can sit and analyse media to our hearts
content but how can we actually respond, what kind of opportunities do we have?
I’m trying to do something about it, along with others, that’s not a statement of pride,
just a statement of fact. And I want to give that resource to you, so that we might use
it in our cultures in order to open up and discuss the big questions about God.
And so our response has been the setting up of a charitable organisation whose brand is
‘Search for Truth’. We are presently producing a series of TV programs, the God Question.
And the series is an open exploration about God, it’s not propaganda and it’s not preaching
it is an invitation to reason in the company of those who believe in God and just as much
in the company of those who do not. It’s bringing forth the evidence on which anyone of a rational
persuasion would attempt to make up their mind about God, and demonstrating how that
evidence can be interpreted in favour of God’s existence or indeed in rejection of it. You
make up your own mind. This is the basis for discussion. This is an opportunity not only
for people to reflect themselves, but to engage other people in the process. Which side provides
the better interpretation of the evidence? Indeed can truth speak for itself?>>Ian thank you so much for that, now you
are going to show us a clip from it, an extract you have put together, a combination of different
people – christians, non-christians, atheists, theists.
Can you show us that , I wonder if we could have
that clicked through from the back.