Jerry Johnston Interviews Arif Ahmed on the Impact of Christianity on Cultures


While in London, I filmed with Arif Ahmed, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Representing the atheist perspective, Arif Ahmed has debated distinct Christian scholars such as William Lane Craig and Gary Habermas. I asked Arif if Christianity has become impotent as it relates to the culture. He told me,

I think Christianity could have an impact on future evolution of the culture if it continues to exist in the west.  It certainly will continue to exist in one form or another in many places of the world.  Whether it does in Britain is another question.  It can do so if it adapts. That means to say if it has things to say to people now and the ethical questions that people are facing now; that might what we said the kind of flexibility over doctrine and various other matters.  One of the reasons I think this might happen is because people will always want answers to basic important questions about meaning of their life and the nature of their life, the questions of the sort that you mentioned.  And religion offers some very simple and straight forward answers to those questions.  So some sort of religion would always have some sort of appeal I think. From my perspective, that means that the fight will never be completely over.  From the perspective of a religious person, I think it means that religion probably will survive in one form or another in the future.  Whether Christianity does, I don’t know.”

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Arif Ahmed is the Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

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