There are some who think there is no God (Movement on the move, B-6, Dispatch, 7.21.2017), but the evidence for such is overwhelming. Nevertheless, they hold onto that belief because it gives liberty to hedonism. Hedonism is rejected by many atheists, but for no good reason. Bertrand Russell once wrote, “We feel that the man who brings widespread happiness at the expense of misery to himself is a better man than the man who brings unhappiness to others and happiness to himself. I do not know of any rational ground for this view…” (Katharine Tait, My Father Bertrand Russell, p. 182).
Russell was a secularist; what values did he hold and, for that matter, those values that he held, for what reason did he hold them? His daughter, Katharine, took these words from his autobiography, thus an accurate conveying of a despairing sentiment, suggesting the values of a secularist have no foundations and are fluid.
In the battle of ideas, especially on college campuses, secularism and theism should be made available to each student to choose on their own. Let the debates begin, and let not the campuses shut them down because one might be conservative and the other progressive/liberal.
Printed in the Columbus Dispatch on 7.24.2017. Unfortunately, the editorial board signed my name “The Rev. Ron Thomas, Sunrush Church of Christ.”
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“Proving too much” is a philosophical phrase applied to an argument that seems to make a valid point until you realize the point is so broad that it is not able to remain true when the obvious is pointed out. There are variations on the exact phrasing of the definition, but the point is always the same – you prove too much and the result is you prove nothing.
I recently read an on-line article that discussed the feelings of some atheistic parents after one of their children embraced religion. As with most on-line stories there was a comment section, and as with most on-line stories involving atheism and any form of faith the comments were predictable to say the least.
Out of all the comments, one stood out to me – but it wasn’t original to the commenter. I have seen roots of the comment (which was presented as a passive argument in this case) used multiple times. And unfortunately I am sure it will continue to be used despite the fact the comment proves nothing by proving too much. In fact, the “challenge” of the comment can be logically answered with fewer words than it takes to propose the argument.
The argument under consideration is Continue reading
That leads me to . . . drum roll . . . the Christian Right. It is no small feat, switching tribes. It feels stressful and weird to abandon your tribe for the Detested Other Side.
Since November 8, my husband and I have been taking the kids to church. (He is politically conservative with a religious bent, so no argument there.) I have come this close to buying a giant poster of the American flag for the living room. I may do it still.
Right now, I am struggling to accept the basic Christian doctrines (virgin birth, resurrection, second coming) because I feel the Christian tribe may be the right tribe for my family.
via ‘My Fellow Liberals, I’m Tired Of You’ | The American Conservative
The entire letter this California lady wrote to a blogger can be read at the link above. It deserves a careful read, and an approach by faithful Christians that might help people like her to make the jump from the emptiness of a godless life to the abundant life in Christ.
Her language about “tribe” has been imported by progressives among us to make the church of our Lord into just another denomination. But she means something different by this.
Obviously, the writer has been attending some denomination. But nothing keeps those who hold to NT faith from making a strong appeal—in fact, ours is stronger than the so-called “Christian right”!
It’s a shame that we can’t get some WVBS videos and books like Dick Sztanyo’s book, Graceful Reason, on Christian apologetics, in her hands.
Though she doesn’t mention it in her letter, there’s no doubt her husband’s “religious bent” had some influence over her. Here is evidence for the power of example.
The title of this post may sound a little weird, but assure you that “American Atheists” and several Protestant churches will have something in common this holiday season that you may never fathomed.
What is it?
They think you Continue reading
Atheism’s Contradictory Supernatural “Natural” Explanations
Atheism contends that a supernatural Creator does not exist. Allegedly, a supernatural Being is unnecessary in our material Universe. Everything can be explained purely naturally through a study of the natural world. In short, nature exists “naturally,” not supernaturally. Read >>
You may have seen this before, but it was new to me and I thought it was worth passing along.
I read it in the email bulletin sent out by the Wise church of Christ.
AN ATHEIST’S VIEW ON LIFE
I will live my life according to these beliefs
God does not exist.
It is just foolish to think
That there is a God with a cosmic plan
That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world
Is a comforting thought,
Is only wishful thinking.
People can do as they please without eternal consequences.
The idea that
I am deserving of Hell
Because of sin
Is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power
“The more you have, the happier you will be.”
Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose
In a world with no God
There is freedom to be who I want to be
But with God
Everything is fine.
It is ridiculous to think
I am lost and in need of saving
A CHRISTIAN’S VIEW ON LIFE
(reread from bottom to top)
This young lady shows great composure while describing the interaction she had with her 7th grade (atheistic) teacher that basically gave her, and her class, an ultimatum: Deny that God is real or fail the assignment
After clicking on the picture’s link (which takes you to the school’s site), click on “Item 8 – Open Forum” to watch the original footage in full length.