Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Testimonies of Some Professing/Professed Christians

I decided to blog a list of notable professing/professed Christian testimonies (or biographies). By notable, I don't necessarily mean they are genuine Christian testimonies. For example, there are some testimonies that involve claims of supernatural events and occurrences. While I believe that God still works supernaturally in the world, I also believe that there are spiritual counterfeits (not to mention con artists and frauds who knowingly make false claims).

Having said that, there are some testimonies here which I believe are from genuine Christians. Some of whom I highly respect and admire. Given those caveats, know that listening to testimonies and accepting them is like purchasing goods and services. The buyer should beware (caveat emptor).
Some of these are videos and others are in written format.

Christian intellectuals
Love The Lord with Heart and Mind
Various Evangelical intellectuals and scholars answer a questionnaire about their Christian experience.

Dr. Michael L. Brown testimony from his website

Dr. Michael L. Brown testimony (part 1)

Brown's Testimony on It's Supernatural TV show

Brown's Testimony "From LSD to PhD" on Think It Thru

William Lane Craig's Conversion Testimony

World renowned Christian apologist William Lane Craig shares his conversion testimony to Christianity. Well known in the atheist community, Craig has had numerous debates with leading atheists and Muslims. He has debated or dialogued with three of the "Four Horsemen of New Atheism" (D. Dennett, S. Harris, C. Hitchens). The fourth, Richard Dawkins, refuses to debate Craig. Fellow atheist and Oxford doctor of philosophy Daniel Came implied that Dawkins' refusal could be interpreted as "cowardice" on his part. Dawkins seems to be willing to make any excuse so that he doesn't have to debate Craig one on one. Atheist Luke Muehlhauser wrote, "As far as I can tell, he [Craig] has won nearly all his debates with atheists...I’m not the only one who thinks Craig has won nearly all his debates. For some atheists, it is rather maddening." Regarding the Craig/Hitchens debate, he said Craig won so convincingly that, "Frankly, Craig spanked Hitchens like a foolish child." Atheist scholar (and Champion of sorts) Richard Carrier admitted that he lost his debate against Craig. Sam Harris, in his debate against Craig started out by saying (tongue-in-cheek) that Craig was "...the one Christian apologist who seems to have put the 'fear of God' into many of my fellow atheists [at 27 minutes and 40 seconds]" because many of his atheist friends begged him to make sure he did not lose the debate. Atheist leader John W. Loftus wrote immediately after the Craig/Harris debate that "Bill (Craig) has once again showed himself as the best debater of this generation, that's for sure."

Craig's numerous debate opponents have included:
Frank Zindler (in 1993), who served as interim president of the atheist organization American Atheists in 2008.
Paul Kurtz, considered by some to be the "father of modern secular humanism".
Antony Flew, who was one of the most noted atheist philosophers in the 20th Century.
A. C. Grayling, future Vice-president of the British Humanist Association.

William Lane Craig's Testimony (Highly Recommended) 
The Impact the Resurrection Has on Craig (Highly Recommended)
Why William Lane Craig is a Christian
About the "Sandy" that led William Lane Craig to the Lord
An article on Craig at The Chronicle of Higher Education
The New Theist: How William Lane Craig became Christian philosophy's boldest apostle
William Lane Craig's favorite philosopher is Alvin Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga's Spiritual Autobiography

Steve Hays
Why I Believe: A Positive Apologetic (part 1)
Why I Believe: I'm Glad You Asked! (part 2)
Steve also contributed to the above questionnaire "Love The Lord with Heart and Mind"

Craig Keener

C.S. Lewis (dramatized documentary)
different portion of same documentary
The Comparative World Views of two Great Thinkers in the 20th Century, C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud

James White

Scientists who are Christian
Francis Collins (head of Human Genome Project)

Hugh Ross (astrophysicist)

Christian pastors, evangelists, motivational speakers etc.
Franklin Graham

The Life Story of Erwin Lutzer (talks about destiny decisions)

Lutzer's impersonation of Billy Graham

David Ring (born with cerebral palsy)

Matt Slick's Testimony

Sam Storms

Nick Vujicic (born without arms or legs) [CBN version 8 minutes]

Nick Vujicic part 1 of 11

Celebrities, Athletes and Singers
I'm hesitant to include celebrities and athletes because I suspect that many aren't as committed to being and living as Christians as they appear. Nevertheless, here are some that are interesting to me.

Mike Singletary's Testimony

Michael Chang's Testimony

Jeremy Lin's Testimony

Tim Tebow

The Keith Green Story

Christian testimonies that contain difficult to believe claims. You decide if they seem credible or not.

Ian McCormack

Kamal Saleem a former Jihadist becomes a Christian

Miscellaneous testimonies
Peter Hitchens (brother of famous atheist Christopher Hitchens)

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