There is a growing refrain among non-theists: reading the Bible made me an atheist. Commonly, they point to difficult to understand Old Testament passages, including ones where God allows the death and destruction of humanity as He did with the flood in Genesis and bloody wars against the Canaanites detailed in Deuteronomy.
"Contemporary Christians have had a difficult time trying to come to grips with what they find in the Old Testament, especially those narratives that recount the destruction of whole groups of people by the acts of God," said Thomas Howe, a professor of Bible and Biblical Languages at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina. "Non-Christians capitalize on this and attempt to undermine our faith by calling into question either the goodness of God or even His existence."
A challenge that some non-theists use to undermine the Christian faith is if God is so loving, why does He kill people or why does He encourage His people to commit genocide. more >>
Residents in Colton, California, are objecting to a billboard in their community that displays the message, "Don't believe in a God? You are not alone," and want the ad to be taken down. The secular group behind the message has said that the billboard is aimed at providing support to people from the nontheistic community.
"I'd have them take it down, because God's real," Colton resident Benjamin Hall said, according to CBS2/KCAL9.
Cyndi Bulger added: "Everybody's an individual, so you shouldn't be told how you should think or what you should believe." more >>
A survey has found there is a significant gender divide when it comes to religious beliefs in Britain. While 54 percent of men in their 40s said they were either atheists or agnostics, women were twice more likely to believe in God and life after death.
"Among believers, women are also much more likely to be definite than men, and among non-believers, men are much more likely to be definite than women," said David Voas, professor of population studies at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.
Political satirist Bill Maher went to bat for atheists in a new ad for advocacy group Openly Secular in which he urged them to speak up, and then he knocked the Bible as a book "based on ancient myths" written by men who didn't know where the sun went at night.
Openly Secular, which is a coalition of four of the most popular secular organizations including the Richard Dawkins Foundation, seeks to "to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people — including atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people — to be open about their beliefs," according to their website.
Maher explains in the ad posted to YouTube that when he found out about the group, he had to sign up because he's openly secular and prefers to make decisions based on science and facts, not based on "ancient myths." "Now, it seems to me the most obvious decision a person could make in their life: Do I want to make real world policy decided on the basis of proven facts and the outer reaches of where humans have gotten to do [sic] in science, or do I want real world decisions made based on ancient myths, written by men who didn't know what a germ or atom was, or where the sun went at night?" he said. more >>
In theaters for one night only on Monday, a new documentary has religious leaders including Eric Metaxas and Billy Graham's daughter Anne Graham Lotz discussing the Exodus both as it is in the Bible and among ancient findings in Egypt.
"Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus" by filmmaker Tim Mahoney calls into question hundreds of years of archeological discoveries that suggest there is no evidence of the biblical Exodus. The film is being screened in 560 select theaters across the U.S. on Monday in an event that will also feature a Q&A with an all-star panel.
Fox News Channel's Gretchen Carlson served as moderator for an expert discussion of the Exodus with the aforementioned Metaxas and Lotz as well as Father Jonathan Morris and Dennis Prager on Sunday, Jan. 18. Sharing their reactions to "Patterns" and answering questions about the documentary, the panelist heaped praise on Mahoney for his investigative documentary for its hard look at the Biblical story of the Exodus. more >>
Numerous residents in a small town in North Carolina gathered on Sunday to peacefully protest the city's decision to remove a memorial, featuring a soldier kneeling before a cross and christian flag, from its central park after council members voted that it could no longer afford a $2 million court battle to preserve it.
After the King city council voted 3-2 last week to remove the "praying soldier" statue and Christian flag from its central park, the town completely succombed to the legal pressure of a years-long lawsuit filed by a former U.S. Army veteran, who was offended by the memorial's religious implications.
With the town having already spent $50,000 in legal fees to help preserve the monument from the lawsuit, three city council members, who all voted in favor of the motion to remove the monument, didn't want to waste anymore of its taxpayers' dollars on the court battle, which has been estimated to cost the city about $2 million if it wanted to fight the case until the very end. more >>