I question how “notable” Matt Slick is. I’m better-read on Christian apologetics than the average bear, and I’d not heard of the guy until reading this guest piece by his daughter Rachael. I think it is a worthy read, as there are important lessons to be learned.
While I am not as quick to pile onto her dad–and blame him for Rachael’s atheism–there are definitely areas where he apparently dropped the ball. Badly.
Before I get into that, some observations about Rachael:
(1) She bears responsibility for her own atheism. We must not fall into this trap of saying, “If only her parents had been like X, she’d be a wonderful Christian gal!” While there are some areas of contributory negligence on their part, it is also true that they could have done everything right, and the outcome would be the same. I say this not to condemn her–if she rejects God, then she’s already there, and my true interest is in helping her get out of that–but just to point out that it would not be prudent to jump on the “let’s kick the parents” bandwagon.
(2) While she raises some good questions that she encountered in her journey, the answers she said she received are not indicative of the quality that reflects a basic understanding of the Scriptures in terms of how the OT relates to the NT.
It seems that, for all the apologetics and Biblical memorization to which she was subjected, she has lost the forest in the trees. I’ll elaborate more later.
(3) In celebrating her embrace of Atheism, she now proclaims:
Someone once asked me if I would trade in my childhood for another, if I had the chance, and my answer was no, not for anything. My reason is that, without that childhood, I wouldn’t understand what freedom truly is — freedom from a life centered around obedience and submission, freedom to think anything, freedom from guilt and shame, freedom from the perpetual heavy obligation to keep every thought pure. Nothing I’ve ever encountered in my life has been so breathtakingly beautiful.
Freedom is my God now, and I love this one a thousand times more than I ever loved the last one.
That tells me much about her lack of understanding of Scripture, not to mention empirical realities. How much of that is on her, and how much of that is on her parents, I’m not going to judge. Still, she’s either lost the forest in the trees, or she has flat-out rejected the truth, or some combination thereof. Again, more later.
But if 10% of her story is true–and, FWIW, I believe most of it–then there are definitely some serious takeaways for parents and teachers alike.
More to come.