(HOUSTON CHRONICLE) — Christianity isn't a "fairy tale," says the Rev. Evan McClanahan. It can stand up to scrutiny.
And, in mid-April, days after Easter 2015, with its packed sunrise services and paganish egg-laying bunnies, is only a memory, the pastor of Houston's First Evangelical Lutheran Church will put his premise to the test.
That's when Houston lawyer, a Jewish atheist, chron.com blogger and KPFT-FM talk show host Geoffrey Berg will face Christian apologetic Tom Peeler, president of the Houston Chapter of Reasons to Believe, to debate the resurrection of Jesus.
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The verbal sparring will be the latest in the church's "First Word" debate series, events, says McClanahan, designed to "give Christians good arguments for their faith and perhaps put a pebble in the shoe of the nonbeliever."
"Christianity is historical," he says. "Yes, it's supernatural, but that doesn't, in our view, just make it wishful thinking. The resurrection ... is either a historical fact or not. There's no middle ground."