Outspoken British atheist Stephen Fry was recently asked what he would say to God if such a being really existed and he encountered him/her/it after death. His reply was passionate, eloquent, defiant, and irreverent. I wonder what God might say to him.
How would the Creator respond to being characterized by a mere mortal as "utterly evil . . . capricious, mean-minded, stupid" and "monstrous," among other choice descriptions?
The first error made by Fry was assuming he would be able to speak at all in God's presence, having no idea that he would suddenly encounter perfect purity, unimaginable love, absolute goodness, untainted justice, blazing truth, unadulterated light. more >>
An atheist man in California is making over $100,000 per year off of a Spanish Bible iPhone app that he created in an attempt to earn a little extra income to help him pay his rent every month.
Former Mormon-turned-atheist Trevor McKendrick was a guest on Alex Blumberg's "Start Up" podcast and explained how the Spanish Bible app that he created in 2012 has generated more income than he ever imagined.
However, the thousands of dollars a month that he and his family are benefiting from is causing him to have a moral dilemma because he's selling a book that he doesn't believe to be true. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham says that while his father, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, rarely addressed issues concerning secular society, he's doing so because unlike when his father grew up, the U.S. is controlled by secularists who want to "deny that Jesus ever existed."
Speaking at the two-day Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference in Oklahoma City, Graham called on all Christians to become more active in their local, state and national politics, urging them to take back control of America's now-secular society that mocks and ridicules Christians for their beliefs.
The 62 year old, who's the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the president of Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization, explained that many criticize him for chastising secularism because his father did not talk about it. However, Graham explained that his father never needed to address the issue because when his father was growing up, America had a very Christian-oriented society. more >>
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal did something supposedly "controversial." He called for a national revival.
As a Washington Post article by Rosalind S. Helderman noted: "Skipping an Iowa event that drew a number of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls in favor of a controversial Louisiana prayer rally, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for a national spiritual revival and urged event attendees to proselytize on behalf of their Christian beliefs."
According to Helderman, Jindal insisted this was a religious event, not a political one. The rally was founded by American Family Association. more >>
Actress Julianne Moore gave an interview in which she revealed that she no longer believes in God but rather puts her faith in therapy and herself.
"I learned when my mother died five years ago that there is no 'there' there," Moore told The Hollywood Reporter. "Structure, it's all imposed. We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there's nothing but chaos."
Since then, the award-winning actress has taken comfort in therapy, which she began in her 30s. more >>
Alexis Tsipras, who was sworn in earlier this week as the new Prime Minister of Greece, has become his country's first openly atheist leader. A survey noted that atheist leaders in Europe are becoming more prominent, with France and Croatia also being led by non-religious figures.
Tsipras was sworn in on Monday after his Syriza party won the elections in Greece, but he chose not to take a religious oath at the ceremony. Reuters noted that Tsipras, whose left-wing party has opposed austerity measures, broke from tradition when he decided to take a civil, rather than a biblical oath.
Quartz analyzed public statements from European leaders and identified at least two others who have also said that they are atheists — French President Francois Hollande and Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović. more >>