Dr. John Wise, a philosophy professor also known as “The Christian Atheist,” shares his story of how he found God after 25 years of atheism.
In the first part of the interview with Justin Brierley from UnApologetic, John shared how he got to turn back to God after believing He did not exist at all.
John revealed that he grew up with an Evangelical Christian mom who led him to Christ. After graduating high school, he decided to enter Bible College because he initially wanted to be a pastor. There, he met his first wife.
But, in those moments, he started to have questions about God. He realized that he was only performing something that he could not justify. So, he studied apologetics looking for answers.
But, it became clearer to him that he could not defend it well despite being an evangelistic leader in the Bible College. Not to mention the evangelism and mission trips he underwent.
Then, he started to study philosophy. And it took him away from his Christian roots.
After graduating from Bible College, he decided to become agnostic while being married to a Christian woman. He stopped wanting to become a pastor and instead continued his philosophy career.
Eventually, John became an atheist as, one day, he believed that there was no God.
But, what he also discovered in his philosophy study, became one of the contributing factors that led him back to God.
As he studied the works of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Sartre claimed that atheism was faith. This was a mind-blowing experience for John, who believed that atheism is a lack of belief in anything.
As John contemplated, he realized that he had to agree with Sartre. He said, “Faith is the basis of everything human beings do and that rationality needs to find its proper niche in our role in life.”
His claim is even supported by philosopher Immanuel Kant who said, “I had to limit the pretensions of reason to make room for faith.”
The philosophers’ works helped John to return to the much greater faith.
Listen to his interview more in the video below.
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