Don't Go, Atheists, We Need You!

 Dear Atheists: Please don't go!

I know Pastor John Hagee recently encouraged you to "leave the country" if you don't like "Merry Christmas", its carols and trappings.

Please don't go, because you teach us much. Here are the first four of seven reasons why we need you to stay (the next three follow in Part 2):

1. The light is seen best against the backdrop of night.
Matthew Parris, atheist and journalist, "saw the light" pragmatically at least, in his former homeland.
After a 45-year absence, Parris visited Malawi (once Nyasaland) to observe and report on the work of British charities there. "Now a confirmed atheist," he wrote in The Times of London, "I've become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs (non-governmental organizations), government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good."