Is religion headed for extinction? Some experts think so. But if you ask me, the funeral planning is premature.
In his classic tale, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Mark Twain tells of Tom and Huckleberry Finn's brief career as pirates. When the boys get bored with life on the Mississippi and hang up their hooks and return home, they find the whole town has gathered for a funeral — their funeral. Concealed at the back of the church, Tom and Huck are so moved by the minister's eulogy they join in weeping. That is, until someone catches sight of the drowned boys, miraculously back from the dead.
Well, that feeling of attending your own funeral is one that Christians are getting pretty familiar with these days. But to borrow a phrase from Twain himself, "Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated." And that's not only true of Christianity, but of religion in general, which prognosticators from the secular press and academics continually warn have one foot in the grave. more >>
Famous professor and atheist author Richard Dawkins delivered a video message at last week's Reason Rally in Washington D.C. where he slammed the belief in God as "cowardice," and urged people to resist what he called the "God temptation."
"The fact that you exist should brim you over with astonishment. You and I and every other living creature are machines of ineffable complexity. This complexity and its powerful illusion of design is why so many people succumb to the God temptation," the evolutionary biologist said in his message, posted online.
"The temptation to evade, by invoking a designer, the responsibility to explain. The God temptation is an evasion of responsibility because it invokes the very kind of thing it's supposed to be explaining." more >>
A California neurosurgeon who died from lung cancer in 2015 explained in a memoir published this year what it was that compelled him to reclaim his Christian faith after embracing "ironclad atheism."
Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at Stanford's Department of Neurosurgery and a fellow at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, died on March 9, 2015, after fighting a two-year battle with stage IV lung cancer.
Being an educated man who graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, Kalanithi earned a master's in English literature from Stanford and earned master's in history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge, Kalanithi was considered to be a deep thinker who constantly pondered how "biology, literature and philosophy intersect." more >>
Can a self-satisfied atheist become a Christian? Of course she can. But sometimes, it might come through tears.
Nicolle Cliffe might have been named "the person least likely to become a Christian." It's not that she was hostile to Christians or Christianity, like Richard Dawkins or the apostle formerly known as Saul. No, Nicolle had become an atheist since her college years, and thought her Christian friends suffered a benign delusion that probably helped them deal with life.
Nicolle wasn't afraid of dying, either. She actually found the idea of life ending at death "mildly reassuring in its finality." She had no deep sense of untapped longing. In fact, she seemed to have it all — a good marriage, children, a budding vocation as cofounder and coeditor of a website. Nicolle Cliffe just wasn't a likely candidate for conversion. more >>
Evangelist Ray Comfort interviewed atheist author Lawrence Krauss and Las Vegas entertainer Penn Jillette at the atheist Reason Rally last Saturday in Washington, D.C. and described them as "likable" and "polite."
"A number of people have asked for details about my video interview with professor Lawrence Krauss, and my time afterwards talking with Penn Jillette," Comfort wrote in a Facebook message.
"At the moment all I would like to say is that both men where very likable and polite. Listening to them and sharing with them was the highlight of the weekend for me." more >>
Those who deny the existence of their Creator are delusional.
This is not an insult. It's not a personal attack. It's not a pejorative.
It's a fact. more >>