As my husband was listening to a conservative evangelical scholar debate Richard Dawkins, a well known aethist which was recorded earlier this month, I was removed enough from the speakers that I could not really here their exchange. But I was struck with the urge to pray for Mr. Dawkins, that even as entrenched as he is in his views, that the Lord might save him yet. I then immediately thought of this passage in 1 Corinthians about the message of the gospel being foolish to the perishing. So I took some time to read through this chapter while my husband finished one part of the debate. What struck me in a way I never saw before was verses 23-24. Paul says that they preach Christ crucified to both the Jews and the Gentiles and both have reasons for rejecting it. Yet, to those whom God has called in both groups, the message is received as "Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God". I saw this as evidence of a special call for the elect in which the gospel is always received as truth. What say ye?