Debate: Christianity, should I embrace it or reject it?
March 25, 2017
Luuk van de Weghe (Windmill Ministries) & Valerie Tarico
Christianity is the most popular religion in the world, with over 2 billion adherents worldwide. Centered around the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the tenets of Christianity have challenged millions, shaped civilizations, and faced criticisms on both social and academic levels. Former evangelical Valerie Tarico, Ph.D., discussed why Christianity ought to be rejected with Christian apologist Luuk van de Weghe, who argued that it ought to be embraced, in this 70 minute formal discussion followed by a 45 minute Q&A. The event was moderated by Marcia Weicht.
Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington. As a writer Valerie tackles the intersection between religious belief, psychology and politics, with a growing focus on women’s issues and contraceptive technologies that she thinks are upstream game changers for a broad range of challenges that humanity faces. Valerie is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, and Deas and Other Imaginings: 10 Spiritual Folktales for Children.
Born in the Netherlands, Luuk Van de Weghe was raised in a secular home until his parents became Christians in his teen years. After becoming a Christian himself at seventeen, he went on to pursue a bachelors in Secondary Education and is currently completing a Master of Divinity at Western Reformed Seminary in Tacoma, WA. Luuk works as a general contractor on the Olympic Peninsula, where he lives with his wife and three young children. He is the author of From Darwin to Jesus: What Scientists, Skeptics, & My Three-year-old Tell Us About the Claims of Christianity. Luuk writes and speaks on behalf of Windmill Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization.