Are we becoming desensitized to the shocking narrative of the Gospel? That is what Dr. Stephen Bullivant suggests. In a quiet corner of an Oxford coffee shop, I had the opportunity to film with the once-ardent atheist, Dr. Stephen Bullivant. While studying Vatican II for his doctorate, Bullivant was confronted with the the Gospel and converted to Catholicism. In his role of Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at St. Mary’s University and Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society, Bullivant has spent many hours researching non-religion, disaffiliation of Catholics, and Christology. I asked Dr. Bullivant about the divinity of Christ. He told me,
“I find a lot of self-conscious atheists who… read the Gospels or read the kind of a Christian story and find something weird there, I sometimes feel I’ve got a lot more in common with them because you know, we have it kind of 1 Corinthians about, you know, this is foolishness to the gentiles. You know, this is, you know, the Christian stories is a one… it’s a crazy one, really, of what it’s proposing. You know, that there’s this God, that he’s created the world in this way and that he so looked it that he became incarnate, to get killed to rise again. I think a culture that can just take that for granted and just kind of nod along with it, that’s kind of, that’s boring and that’s kind of what normal people believe or what people used to believe in, but it’s not, it’s not an interesting or shocking thing to be proclaiming. I think that’s one of the difficulties in the culture here, because it’s so much a part of the background”
The message of the Jesus Christ as the “None Other”, is both a shocking and comforting message to men and women around the world. Our upcoming documentary will highlight the supremacy of the None Other among the nations.