Non-Believers Take On Challenge in 'Make Me a Christian'

An atheist, lesbian and playboy are just some of the non-Christians who agreed to participate in Bible studies and Christian mentoring as part of a new television series airing in the United Kingdom this month.

"Make Me a Christian" follows the three-week journey of 13 non-Christians who also include a witch, a Christian-turned-Muslim, an unmarried couple with a child on the way, and a family of six, who volunteered to give up their normal lives and attempt to live like Christians. Throughout the program, they will get to grips with Christianity through a number of Bible studies and mentoring from an ecumenical team of church leaders.

The Rev. George Hargreaves, leader of the Christian Party, and his team of mentors think Britain is in a state of moral decline and aim to show that a return to a more Christian way of life would stop the rot, according to Channel Four.

Other mentors on the show include Church of England Curate the Rev. Joanna Jepson, Catholic Fr. John Flynn, and Kensington Temple's Pastor Wale Babatunde.

The series documents the changes that occur within each of the participants as their perspective of Christianity and the meaning of life are challenged by the lessons that emerge from the Bible studies. By the series' end, some participants even make a commitment to pursue Christianity further.

"Viewers will be deeply moved by the participants' personal journeys. I believe that a major nationwide evangelism initiative could be launched on the back of this series," Hargreaves commented.

"Make Me A Christian" series will be broadcast on Channel Four over the next three Sundays this month, starting Aug. 10.

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