Atheist professor and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that Christians who do good only to avoid Hell or to receive the award of Heaven are "self-centered."
"If you're good because you want to carry favor with God, if you're good because you want to avoid going to Hell, or if you want to go to Heaven, that's a rather ignoble, self-centered reason to be good," Dawkins said during an interview with Ireland's RTÉ One on Sunday.
"I fully accept that an awful lot of good deeds are done by people who happen to be religious, but I think it's rather insulting to suggest that you need religion in order to be good." more >>
Billy Graham recently told a Christian eager to bring his atheist friend to faith that he was "thankful" for their friendship and that he should continue to pray for and love his non-believing friend, no matter how much he rejected God.
In a Q&A published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday, the 96-year-old evangelist helped ease the frustrations of a Christian reader, by the name of A.F., over the fact that his atheist friend still does not believe in God — even after surviving a near fatal car accident.
A.F. shared the details of his dilemma with the publication. more >>
British evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins asserted in a recent interview that the Bible is just as "toxic" as Islam's holy book, the Quran, but reasoned that the difference between Muslims and Christians is that most Christians are taught to believe the Bible "metaphorically."
In an interview with Fox News Radio's Alan Colmes earlier this week, the 74-year-old Dawkins, a zealous atheist who authored the 2006 book The God Delusion, was asked a number of questions on topics such as the 2016 presidential race, America's "secular" founding and the "toxicity" of religions.
When Colmes asked Dawkins if he believes one religion is "sicker" or "more toxic" than the others, Dawkins stated that it is not unfair to say that in the today's world, Islam is to blame for the "maximum toxicity in religion." more >>
The University of Florida announced this week that it will not be removing an inscribed Bible verse from one of its new campus buildings, even though an out-of-town secularist organization, as well as student groups, have complained that the inscription is a breach of the separation of church and state.
On a double archway that leads to the courtyard of the university's newly built Heavener Hall, the building that houses the institution's Heavener School of Business, is the Bible verse: Micah 6:8. The inscription reads, "He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
The verse was provided by the building's donor James W. Heavener, a Christian business owner who is the CEO of Full Sail University, a University of Florida trustee and a board member of the Tim Tebow Foundation. more >>
The Church of England is reportedly considering plans to keep some historic village churches across the country opened only on holy days such as Christmas and Easter due to population shifts and the ever-growing decline in attendance and church membership.
A major 66-page report by the CofE's Church Buildings Review Group noted that many churches are no longer sustainable, and that about one in four parishes have fewer than 10 regular worshipers.
The report proposes turning some parishes into "festival churches" in order to ease the financial burden, suggesting that they will only be used for key dates on the religious calendar, or occasions such as marriage and funerals. more >>
Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has compared the removal of Ten Commandments monuments from public property in the U.S. to the Islamic State terror group tearing down Christian symbols across the Middle East.
"We have been appalled at news reports of ISIS and the Islamic State tearing down all symbols of Christianity in the Middle East; but think about it — we're doing it to ourselves here in the U.S. Atheists, activists, and anti-God groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Military Freedom of Religion Foundation are on a quest to erase or tear down anything associated with the Name of Jesus Christ," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.