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What Gets An Atheist’s (or other non-Christian’s) Attention?

As our culture becomes increasingly post-Christian it might be worth asking what it is that gets the attention of those who don’t consider themselves Christians?

Christopher Hitchens the well known atheist and antagonist of Christianity used to challenge believers with this statement: “Find one good or noble thing which cannot be accomplished without religion.” If Mr. Hitchens were still with us (unfortunately he died of cancer late in 2011), I would tell him that we’ve seen 2 such acts just in the month of June.

What’s Going On When We Give Thanks

By now, most of us have shaken off the Thanksgiving food stupor (if the not the extra pound or two) that can come easily over the holiday—perhaps even to the point where we can briefly think a bit more deeply about what’s going on when we give thanks.

Most of us have been in some way conditioned to thank other people when they do something that benefits us. At the very least, it’s an acknowledgement that what they’ve done has blessed us in some way. We may even speak in terms of owing someone “a debt of gratitude.” That would seem to makes sense when we can easily trace a benefit to the actions of another human party.

But what about the larger picture? In a recent article, Emma Green frames it this way: “You can thank your grandma for making delicious pie, but who do you thank for the general circumstances of your life?”

Seven Things You Might Not Know About the “War” Between Science and Faith

If you pay much attention to how our culture views the relationship between science and faith, the following story might sound familiar.

Once upon a time in the ancient world, Greek philosophers and thinkers began to usher in a golden age of learning and knowledge. Unfortunately for everyone, the rise of Christianity eclipsed this good work, bringing about the several centuries known as the Dark Ages, in which the church repressed learning through superstitious dogma. Thankfully, classical learning was rediscovered and courageous individuals were willing to shake off the shackles of Christianity. Their efforts launched the impressive flowering of knowledge and advancement we now know as the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Science is therefore the natural enemy of faith, and scientific advancement will steadily make religious belief increasingly implausible.

It’s a compelling story, but it’s almost entirely wrong. In the book, For the Glory of God, sociologist/historian Rodney Stark points out a number of things you might not know about the “war” between science and faith:

The Rules to Relationships

A husband cheats on his wife. A friend gossips about a friend. A parent abuses a child. Trust is betrayed and families crumble; communities dissolve. When we hear (or are involved) in stories like these they sadden us, because we intuitively know that every relationship requires certain moral commitment, and violating these commitment destroys lives.

The Politico

It is no secret the political climate is heating up as we find ourselves in another election year. There has already been significant turnover within the primary season as many incumbents are finding their constituents less than impressed with their legislative efforts and voting record. One of the first major upsets of the primary season

An Unreasonable Reason Rally

On March 24th, it is expected a large collection of secular atheists will descend on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to champion a “secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values”. I personally think that is all fine and good. In fact, I hate to add even more pen to

Three Cultural Issues

Today’s post contains a few thoughts on a handful of issues that currently make up the cultural air in which we breathe. If I had to trace a common thread through all three, I’m not sure I’d come up with something a whole lot better than “stuff we should think more about”: (Yes, I’ve just