Thousands Attend Missions Fest Vancouver; Apologist Tells of Devastating Effect of Atheist Richard Dawkins’ Book

More than 10,000 people attended Missions Fest 2018 this past weekend, where one of the main speakers shared about the devastating effect that a popular atheist book had on a young Christian student.

Alycia Wood, a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, spoke with theologian and church planter Michael Goheen on Friday during the opening session of Canada’s largest missions conference.

Wood reflected on a story of a young man, Jesse Kilgore, who had given up his faith in college after he was encouraged to read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

“It broke him so much he decided it wasn’t worth living anymore and he took his life,” she said.

But the sad part, Wood said, are the claims made by Dawkins are easily refuted.

The good news of Christianity is that God did not only say He is loving, but that He showed it.

“With the Gospel that Jesus gives us, we can say, ‘God doesn’t just say He loves you. God shows His love for you in the greatest possible way,'” she said. “The Gospel in my context of apologetics means that what people are seeking – truth, hope, meaning, morality, love – exist.”

Wood noted that “the realization of what life is like for people who do not understand the truth of Christianity motivates” her to defend and explain the faith.