In the film, we will explore the ideas of atheism and faith from the perspective of 4 scholars - a poet, a philosopher, a physicist, and a historian - and try to see how they have been personally effected by both atheism and faith. We want to explore how philosophy effects people in personal ways, how it effects our worldview and daily life. And perhaps most importantly, we intend to explore the positive role that religion, beauty, and faith can play in our lives and in the lives of young people today.
All the scholars we will be interviewing are people who in one way or another have been affected by Atheism. Some have, for a time, fallen under its influence, others have been forced into combat with the New Atheists, but all have paid some personal price. They will allow us to see atheism form the inside, so to speak, and can tell us, from first-hand experience, how religious faith has been an uplifting force in their lives.
Dr. Holly Ordway
Dr. Ordway is an author and professor. Her memoir, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius Press, 2014), is the story of conversion from atheism to Christianity, and herlater entrance into the fullness of the faith in the Catholic Church.
Dr. Ordway holds a Ph.D. in English, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also holds an MA in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Ordway is currently a Professor of English and Director of the Master of Arts in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She focuses on cultural, imaginative, and literary apologetics.
Her research interests are primarily in Inklings studies, where she focuses on the work of C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien. In the film, Dr. Ordway discusses the union of faith, science, and the imagination as well as her own conversion from atheism to Catholicism.
To learn more about Dr. Ordway go to: http://www.hollyordway.com
The film is not, however, a dry scientific essay. Certainly, we will look at some of the big issues surrounding the debate - science, philosophy, morality - but really the film will be a deeply personal and moving film. Our intention is to create a beautiful film. Although we won't shy away from the polemics of the issue, the film will be almost poetic in tone.
You can see some of our other work on these pages. We want A Voice from Deep Space to reach who are struggling in some way. Obviously, this includes a lot of young people who have fallen under the influence. But we also want to reach faithful Christians who want to be inspired in their faith.
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Anteroom Productions has been making films since 2007. Our first film, Out of the Darkness, was an award-winning documentary exposing the horrors of pornography as well as its historical roots and societal consequences.
Since then we have continued making films. And at the beginning of this year, we began our next major project - A Voice from Deep Space. This film is something we all at Anteroom are very passionate about, because this film explores an issue that is affecting those closest to all of us - the rise of Atheism.
Most of you know that just recently The Pew Research Center released a survey that showed a sharp decline in religious belief in our country as well as a significant increase in the rise of Atheism. For many, this is a reason to rejoice, but for others, including us here at Anteroom, it is is a sad testament to the changes in our country.
One reason for the rise of Atheism has been the so-called New Atheist Movement. Men like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens have been some of the movement's most ardent evangelists. One method they use very effectively in spreading their creed has been media, particularly film. Unfortunately, the response from Christians in this medium has been slow. Our hope with A Voice from Deep Space is to counteract the aggressive evangelization of New Atheism with a film that not only exposes the flaws in their philosophy and historical inaccuracies, but also to present a deeply moving and personal account of the true nature of religion, God, and faith.
Dr. Keith Ward
Prof. Keith Ward is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. Comparative theology and the relationship between science and religion are two of his main topics of interest. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004.
By nature and conviction, he is an Idealist philosopher, believing spirit is supreme to the material, and that the material universe is an expression of that Spirit. He has a great interest in ways man tries to reach the Divine and different religious expressions.
In the film Dr. Ward discusses his idealism, philosophy in general, and the role of consciousness in our lives and understanding.
To learn more about Dr. Ward go to: http://www.keithward.org.uk