It was recently reported that Christopher Hitchens, the famous atheist apologist and author, "was contemplating conversion" around the time of his death in 2011. If one is familiar with the vehemence that Hitchens often derided Christianity, this is quite a surprise. It is also a wonderful illustration of the exquisitely paradoxical mystery of God's grace.
I am reminded of something that happened this past August, when I had the opportunity to engage in a lively debate with a twenty-something guy whom I encountered by chance (or was it Providence?) at an "atheist booth" at Balboa Park in San Diego. There were a number of different booths set up in the park that day, some selling jewelry, others food items. When I first saw the "Ask an Atheist" booth, I was a bit startled. It seemed strange to have a booth dedicated to a negation, a lack of something positive like belief.
But I knew I had to talk to the atheists. An "atheist booth" is something that is begging for attention, it seems to me. To advertise being an atheist in such a public way practically screams, "Please prove me wrong!" Plus, I love a good debate. more >>
Atheist author Richard Dawkins has suggested that he would be ready to convert to a religion if someone shows him evidence for why he should believe, but argued that so far, no one has been able to do that.
The evolutionary biologist tackled a number of topics in an online interview from readers on social networking website Reddit, which he shared on his Twitter page, and on multiple occasions suggested that he is willing to listen to evidence for religion.
When asked which religion he would convert to if he had to pick, he answered: "I would only convert to a religion if some evidence turned up to support it. So far there is none, so your question is unanswerable." more >>
Police in Washington, D.C. have blocked evangelist Ray Comfort and his team from giving away close to $25,000 in Subway gift cards to atheists at the upcoming Reason Rally, and even threatened arrests of those who approach rally attendees.
Comfort has since said that the giftcards will be handed out to homeless people instead.
A press release from Comfort last week revealed that the atheist outreach at the June 4 Reason Rally in the National Mall will no longer be taking place, at least when it comes to the planned giveaway of gift cards and 5,000 copies of Comfort's book, Why Pigs Will Fly Before America Has an Atheist President. more >>
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has dropped out from a speaking engagement at the Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on June 4, which is aiming to be "the biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history."
Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist blog said on Thursday that Lyz Liddell, the rally's executive director, shared with him that Depp has dropped out, along with his wife, Amber Heard.
While Liddell is "disappointed that they're not coming," she said others will take their place. The rally is still scheduled to have speeches by celebrities like Billy Nye "The Science Guy," and prominent atheist authors, such as Lawrence Krauss. more >>
A billboard erected in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by a group claiming the United States Air Force favors Christianity over all other religions is sparking controversy.
News Channel 13 reported that that the sign, which reads "Welcome Mr. President to Our AF Academy. Why is Jesus Commander in Chief Here?" is provoking mixed feelings among drivers on the I-25 near Garden of the Gods, with some stating that it goes too far.
"Comedy and sarcasm is always a good way to get attention, but this is a little much. I think it raises a lot more questions than answers," said Kate Harris, who works close to the new billboard. more >>
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 >>