It's interesting when atheists do just what they accuse so-called "religious fanatics" (that's you and me) of doing.
The late Christopher Hitchens was one of the world's foremost and most committed atheists. You may remember him for his best-selling, outrageous polemic against monotheism: "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything."
Hitchens, who died of esophageal cancer in 2011, was one of the sharpest public intellectuals in the world. Hitch was master of quips such as "That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence," and "Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it." In his rampage against the Christian faith, Hitchens lustily debated some of the world's greatest Christian apologists. more >>
Christians need to stop making excuses and welcome God into their lives, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrote in a question-and-answer column published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that Christians need to stop coming up with reasons not to strengthen their relationship with God, saying that some have a misconception that Christianity is an "unbalanced" way to live one's life.
"I don't know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn't want us to enjoy life, but you're wrong," Graham writes, referencing John 10:10 which reads: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian apologist Jason Jimenez argued Saturday that the church in America is "biblically illiterate" and Christians only have themselves to blame for being silenced in the political arena.
Jimenez, a pastor, author and apologist for Stand Strong Ministries and who tours the country teaching Christians how to stand up for their biblical views on marriage, abortion and other political issues, told attendees of a panel discussion at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's 2016 "Road to Majority" conference that there is a troubling trend of Christians who don't read the Bible and don't stand up for Christian principles in the public square.
"The church in America, we are biblically illiterate. We revere the Bible. The average home in America owns four bibles, if you are not including the devices that we have. Yet, we don't read the Bible," Jimenez explained. "We can talk about all these issues and I am sure we will talk about some of them but the biggest issue is that we have a whole nation of Christians that are biblically illiterate." more >>
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 >>