This morning, as usual, I bought an USA-Today, settled down in the office to read and brief myself on the latest news. Again, as usual, when I came to “The Forum” (each Monday an invited editorial on religious/spiritual/faith topics) at the end of section A, I was filled with consternation to read another strike against faith in God. The author was Jerry Coyne, a University of Chicago professor in the Ecology and Evolution department. He evidently bears a grudge against God since this was not the first anti-religious editorial he has produced for this paper. Coyne is one of the “New Atheist Movement”, who are committed to aggressively destroying faith wherever they find it. This particular editorial claims that morality is instinctively inherent in our DNA as a result of Darwinian evolution. Coyne affirms that mankind will be just as moral without religious faith as with it. In fact, he declares “a morality based on our genes and our brains . . . is far better”! The tragedy is some folks will believe this one-sided diatribe without looking further. I have been to a country (the former USSR) where atheism reigned for 70 years and viewed its results: it wasn’t pretty! The new Russia is still trying to clean up the moral mess of two generations of godless society! I have studied the pre-Christian world that was dominated by Greek philosophy and ideas: it wasn’t pretty! Aside from the influence of Judaism, it was a world of “might makes right”. Rome was king and everyone else served at their desire—a world of slaves! Women were more of an object to be used than persons to be respected! Demosthenes said, “We have mistresses for pleasure, concubines for day to day needs, and wives to manage the house and have children.” “The right of refusal” was a right of Roman men to reject a newborn baby without consequence, casting it out on the street to die or be taken to a brothel. Gladiators fought wild animals or each other to the death for public entertainment. Many more details of what a society without Christ becomes could be listed, but surely this is sufficient. Is this the world Coyne longs for? Strip our world of the influences of faith in Jesus Christ and it becomes a cruel, selfish, “every-man-for-himself” existence. Would there be an occasional act of altruism? Perhaps. However, such would occur when “there was no time for calculation”!
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This is Just-a-minute with Ed Boggess. Atheism is on the rise and one reason is their passion to spread cynicism and unbelief. They claim there are biblical examples of God being unjust and capricious. But there is a fundamental difference between believers and atheists in the way they treat the Bible. A skeptic searches for any Bible example for which there is no apparent explanation (in spite of many others for which there is adequate explanation) and finding one, he declares he is justified in whatever charge he brings against God and his own faithlessness. On the other hand, a believer searches the Bible examples and finds adequate explanations for many and on that basis chooses to trust that God is wise, just and good in those he cannot explain and that he is vindicated in his choice of faith. As for me and my household, I choose faith.
Richard Mansel sent me a link that he thought was interesting. He would like to say a word or two about it, but is overwhelmed with work to such a degree that he could not justify the time away. He thought I might say a word or two.
It is beyond amazement that 21% of the atheists asked believe in God! Just think about that for a moment: since 21% of the atheists who answered the survey question believe in God, are they now….well, what would they be?
It does go to point out that confusion is the operative word in much of society. To add to the illustration of confusion, 55% of those identified as agnostic believe in God! The remarkable nature of this is in the meaning of the words of those self-described atheists and agnostics. An atheist is, literally, non-God, or one who denies the existence of God. An agnostic is one who suspends judgment as to whether there is or is not a God.
What can be made of this? At the very least, we can conclude that some words are used by people with no understanding as to meaning. Let us make an application: are we using words that we do not understand the meanings to?
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Let’s get one thing straight – both atheists and Christians believe that the universe had a beginning whether by creation or by “the big bang”. That everything had a beginning is a matter of physics; but why it began is a matter of meta-physics. The first is the realm of science, the second of religion. In Steven Hawking’s latest book, The Grand Design, he argues that the laws of gravity and quantum theory justify the conclusion that a universe can spontaneously appear from nothing. However a reading of his reasoning leaves one with a feeling that something is not just right. For one thing gravity cannot exist without mass and quantum theory is about interaction between energy and matter. Both are about that which already exists; neither offers any application to that which did not exist. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
What is an atheist? An atheist is someone who believes that nothing made everything. Now that is an intellectually embarrassing admission but it is nonetheless true. Animal Planet, a popular cable and satellite channel, is one of the Discovery family of television channels. A clip from Animal Planet informs our children that nothing created everything. A generation of our youngest and most impressionable is being brainwashed by atheistic evolution. Kids are told that they are nothing but glorified apes and consequently there are no moral absolutes. It makes you wonder if there will be any real faith at all in the next generation. Atheism has declared war on faith and already has a head start! This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
Sam Harris wrote The End of Faith in 2004. Harris is another of the professional atheists determined to destroy faith. Using 9/11 as his book, chapter and verse, and drawing from the Inquisition, the burning of witches and abuse of Jews; Harris concludes that religion is responsible of all the ills of society and calls for its total elimination. He declares that religion of devoid of reason and is thus irrational. While I agree that there is no excusing 9/11, the Inquisition, witch hunting or Jewish persecution; his handling of faith is very one-sided. I could as easily name Hitler and Stalin as representative of all atheists, but that would not be fair or right. The problem is that this new breed of aggressive atheists do not care about what is fair or right; they only care about destroying faith. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
My personal goal is to become more familiar with the challenges of atheism, which I believe will continue to grow more and more aggressive towards faith. As a “dyed-in-the-wool faith-head” I hope to become sufficiently fluent in atheistic fundamentalism’s terminology and apologetic to be able to engage in discussion intelligently.
The stereotype is that Christians are the most narrow-minded people on the planet. Yet, the real truth is that atheists are the true champions of intolerance. No contest. No one is more harsh to opposing views than those who hate the idea of God. Then again, contemplate where their ideas originated (John 8:44).
Christians are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians. 4:15) and be people of love (1 John 4:7-12). We need to show love even to those who are rude and cruel (Matthew 5:43-48). We have a higher calling than, what C.S. Lewis called, “Our Father below.” Satan goes for the low blow and the cheap shot. Christ offers love and kindness. Satan shoots you in the back, while Christ takes your hand and gives you a hug, The contrast could not be any clearer.