I don’t get to listen to TAL as often as I’d like so I try to make a point to catch up with it online when I can. I was reminded that it had been awhile while reading an entry on Friendly Atheist about the most recent episode. He was talking about Act II of the show which is described at the TAL site as follows:
This past Christmas a story swept the internet about a football coach at a Christian high school in Texas who inspired his team’s fans to root for the opposition: a team from the local juvenile correctional facility. Among the thousands of emails that the coach received in response to his actions, one stood out to him. Trisha Sebastian mentioned her loss of faith, and coach Hogan got a message from God that he was meant to bring her back. We eavesdrop on their phone calls.
You can listen to it for yourself by clicking here. The story hits home for me because back when I was going through my crisis of faith I had similar conversations. Not exactly the same, mind you, because my crisis came about through thinking too much rather than because I experienced a loss that made me question my faith, but similar in that the believers used pretty much the same arguments. I found it particularly interesting that host Ira Glass gave Trisha a better answer than the Christian football coach did when Ira is a non-believer himself. That’s another thing I’ve experienced first hand.
Anyway, I thought it made for compelling listening and thought I’d share it with you. I think it helps illustrate why their is often a disconnect when believers try to talk to non-believers about God.