“All the dogma and the death and resurrection of Jesus stuff was not the attraction.”
- Bart Campolo
And that's the problem.
an interview with Jonathan Merritt, Bart Campolo, son of Tony Campolo, explains his coming out as an atheist.
It is a sad story. But Campolo's admitted ambivalence about doctrine goes a long way in explaining his current state. In his own words it was not the doctrines or truth claims of the Bible that drew him to Christianity but the struggle for justice. While justice, being an attribute of God, ought to be prized by Christians, the gospel is the matter of first importance. And according to Bart it is not the gospel which drew him to Christianity but the appeal of changing the world. However, Christianity is not a showcase for our good works. It is not a platform from which to pursue justice. Christianity is something in which to believe. Supremely it is believing upon Jesus by whose death and resurrection we are saved.
Campolo proves the words of the Apostle Paul that if not for the resurrection then our faith is in vain.
As an aside, Mr. Merritt's final sentence in the article is practically incomprehensible.