Christians obey God out of love, not fear, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who heads the popular Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his daily devotional published Thursday that while many non-Christians might wrongfully assume that believers obey God out of fear, Christians are actually happy to obey God because of His love for them.
"Why do we obey God? Nonbelievers get this wrong all the time. They say, 'I don't want to be a Christian because I don't want to obey God. You believers obey Him out of guilt or fear or obligation, and I don't want that for my life," Warren writes. more >>
An atheist activist who brought legal action against a Texas church to stop the construction of a 230-foot cross on its property, has agreed to dismiss his case in a "settlement," after the church counter-sued the atheist.
Atheist Patrick Greene, who sued the Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, and its Pastor, Rick Milby, over their plan to construct the tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere, dropped the case and pledged this week not to file baseless lawsuits over the freedom of exercise of religion, according to KRISTV.com.
"We hope that Mr. Greene along with atheists everywhere that seem to file baseless lawsuits will now think twice about doing such a thing," Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute, which filed the counter suit on behalf of the church, was quoted as saying. more >>
After years of discussion, the University of Miami has accepted a $2.2 million gift from a wealthy atheist to endow what it says is America's first academic chair "for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics."
According to The New York Times, the gift was also the largest of the many Louis J. Appignani, a retired businessman and former president and chairman of the modeling school Barbizon International, has ever given to humanist and secular causes. The university has not yet publicly announced the new chair but is expected to conduct a search for a scholar to fill the position.
"I'm trying to eliminate discrimination against atheists," Appignani, who is 83 and lives in Florida, told the Times. "So this is a step in that direction, to make atheism legitimate." more >>
Famous atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that his 2006 best-seller The God Delusion, an extremely popular book in the secular movement, was a "one-off," and he won't be writing anti-religious books anymore.
In an interview with BBC News regarding the 40th anniversary of another famous book of his, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins was asked about his criticism of religion, and whether The God Delusion might have been a "step too far."
Dawkins responded: "I've stepped back. I haven't written any more books along those lines. The God Delusion is a one-off. Not one that I'm ashamed of; I'm very proud of it. But it's a one-off." more >>
New research into the religious beliefs of people in the U.K. has found that for the first time ever, those without a religion outnumber Christians, at least when it comes to the countries of England and Wales.
"The striking thing is the clear sense of the growth of 'no religion' as a proportion of the population," said Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary's Catholic University in Twickenham.
"The main driver is people who were brought up with some religion now saying they have no religion. What we're seeing is an acceleration in the numbers of people not only not practising their faith on a regular basis, but not even ticking the box. The reason for that is the big question in the sociology of religion," added Bullivant, who analyzed data collected through British Social Attitudes surveys over three decades. more >>
An atheist group has filed a complaint against a Wisconsin-based Christian school for its decision to punish students who openly express transgender or homosexual behaviors.
St. John's Lutheran School of Baraboo, which receives federal funding for certain student aid programs, informed parents earlier this year that they reserve the right to punish homosexuality and transgender activity.
Patrick Elliot of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest atheist organization in the United States, filed a complaint earlier this month against the school before the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. more >>