Skeptics Night March 29 at Brooklyn Tabernacle
Abdu Murray and Vince Vitale to speak on, “Is Belief in God Delusional?” and hold Q&A with audience.
On Friday evening, March 29, RZIM will hold “Skeptics Night,” a new initiative aimed at answering the toughest questions about God and the Bible, at The Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York.
The evening will feature RZIM speakers Abdu Murray and Vince Vitale, who will briefly address the topic, “Is Belief in God Delusional?” and hold an extended Q&A session with the audience. The event is free and open to the public. Organizers’ goal is to provide an environment where diverse worldviews are welcomed, the claims of Christianity are clearly presented for skeptics to consider, and those rooted in the Christian faith can be equipped to have meaningful conversations.
Skeptics Night is the brainchild of Abdu Murray, North American Director of RZIM and author of three books, including Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World. “Skeptics Night is all about giving people with tough questions about faith and culture a chance to enter a church and ask those questions,” explained Murray. “New York is one of the most influential and iconic cities in the world. And New Yorkers are known for being strong minded people who don’t just take pat answers for granted. That’s why we’re thrilled to hold Skeptics Night at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, a church known for reaching profoundly into the world’s most famous city.”
Vince Vitale, Director of the Zacharias Institute, will also participate in this first-ever Skeptics Night. He has co-authored two books with Ravi Zacharias, Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (2014) and Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ (2017).
“One of our biggest stumbling blocks as a society is that we interpret the questioning of our beliefs as a sign of disrespect, and indeed more than that as an offense and an attack. In reality, questioning is a gift because questions lead to truth and questions are how you get to know someone. For a faith based on truth and personal relationship, therefore, questions are essential,” Vitale explained. “We hope that everyone leaves Skeptics Night knowing that questioning is not at odds with Christian faith but is actually the very condition of Christian faith, and we hope that the pursuit of the questions that are asked, and the truth of Christ that motivates those questions in our hearts, will resound long after Friday night.”
Questioning is a gift because questions lead to truth and questions are how you get to know someone. For a faith based on truth and personal relationship, therefore, questions are essential
RZIM hopes that this will be one of many such events held at influential churches around the world, and that others will be encouraged and motivated to host similar gatherings. “It is our goal to give thoughtful and rigorous answers at the Brooklyn Tabernacle so that others can see that holding an event like Skeptics Night in their church is possible,” said Murray. “To paraphrase a famous line about New York, ‘If Skeptics Night can make it there, it can make it anywhere.’”