I had the privilege of doing an interview yesterday with Timothy Dalrymple, the incisive mind behind the Patheos web portal. Patheos is designed to be something of a free marketplace of thoughts and ideas, particularly surrounding world religions.
As best I can tell, it is somewhat akin to the forum Paul entered in Athens on Mars Hill. For the Christian, it represents an opportunity to address a wide audience amidst the myriad voices of a pluralistic world. It also reminds that what Paul said of the Athenians could be said of so many of the world’s people, even today: I see that in every way you are very religious. (Acts 17:22). Religion in itself, of course, can be as empty as atheism. But the sense of eternity that God has set in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and revealed in creation (Psalm 19; Romans 1:20; etc) can be a wonderful starting point for Christward exploration.
The interview with Tim will be published this weekend, and focused primarily on Christian engagement with politics and my prior work in the White House. But it also afforded an opportunity to speak about God’s heart for the orphan…and how Christians are again earning a reputation as defenders of the fatherless. Especially in a setting like Patheos, I can imagine no better apologetic for the Christianity than an opportunity to describe how Christians are mirroring God’s heart in adoption, foster care and global orphan care. See the Patheos blog post on the interview here.