Atheism in decline and will be defeated by faith, says Oxford professor

Nov 26, 2015 by

By Harry Farley, Christian Today: Atheism is in decline and will be trumped by faith, the professor of science and religion at the University of Oxford has said. Professor Alister McGrath made his predictions during the annual Parchman Lectures at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, theBaptist Standard reports. The academic, who has degrees in molecular biology, theology and intellectual history, spoke on “why faith makes sense: exploring the rationality of Christianity.” McGrath said he was an atheist as a young man, but faith makes greater sense of reality and transcends reason, which is insufficient for understanding the world. “New Atheism ridicules the ‘irrationality of faith,'” said McGrath, who has debated New Atheist icons such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. “But it’s in decline, because it’s stale, dull and incredible. It provides unsatisfactory answers to ultimate questions. People want to know more.” The Oxford professor ridiculed the atheist claim that...

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Atheists Threaten to Sue Calif. City for Holding Prayer After Shooting of 6-Y-O Girl

Nov 24, 2015 by

By Samuel Smith, Christian Post: An atheist group is threatening to sue a California town for hosting a 12-hour prayer rally on the steps of city hall the day after a 6-year-old girl was shot last week and for planning to host a town hall meeting at a church facility. The American Humanist Association, a Washington D.C.-based legal group, sent a warning letter to Stockton, California, Mayor Anthony Silva last Thursday on behalf of the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers informing him that he violated the Constitution by holding and organizing a prayer rally last Monday on city property. Before the 6-year-old girl was shot and wounded during a senseless drive-by shooting last Sunday, Silva had already been organizing a “Prayer Rally for Stockton” in hopes of uniting the community, promoting peace and ending homicidal violence that has claimed at least 40 lives in the city this year. Silva used his...

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Three stories from ‘Sunday’

Aug 18, 2015 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. The BBC Radio 4 ‘Sunday’ Programme is often a good barometer of how those interested in religion and its intersection with public life are thinking. The most recent episode (16th August)  contained three interesting features which are worth highlighting. New atheism, old hat? First, a feature on the debate between atheism and Christianity began with an outline of a new book by Andy Bannister, ‘The atheist who didn’t exist, or the dreadful consequences of bad arguments’.  Bannister sets out the classic arguments used by well-known “new atheists” such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and debunks them, showing that while Christians have often been intimidated by the apparent intellectual and rhetorical force of the case against the existence of God, the arguments are in fact not very good, do not stand up to scrutiny, and can be easily ridiculed. But interestingly, on the Sunday...

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Five atheists who lost faith in atheism

Aug 13, 2015 by

By Martin Saunders, Christian Today: Atheism is cool. At least, that’s the popular perception of a worldview that’s enjoyed a rebrand and a renaissance in the last couple of decades. Authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have issued forceful public challenges to the claims of the major faiths and the rights they’ve traditionally been granted, while well-respected and high-profile public figures have lent vocal support to their ideas. When Stephen Fry outlined an atheist (or even anti-theist) position on an Irish talk show, the interview went viral in hours, while comedian Ricky Gervais frequently uses his substantial platform to attack and undermine religion in film and stand-up. Christians can naturally feel a little threatened by this kind of activity. Witness the scores of ‘response articles’ which appeared within days of Fry’s “capricious, mean-minded God” outburst. If we do feel worried or undermined in our faith, it should probably...

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Riches, Religion, and the New Atheism

Jun 19, 2015 by

By Robert T Miller, Public Discourse: It’s not that in misery and suffering human beings grasp at foolish theories that give them some hope. Rather, amidst prosperity, human beings can blind themselves to the reality of the human condition and so never ask the questions that, once asked, cannot be plausibly answered except in theistic terms. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Dennett argues that the future of religion is bleak. Congregations are losing members at a tremendous rate, and churches everywhere are closing. There are two reasons for this, Dennett thinks. First, “with hardly any significant exceptions, religion recedes whenever human security and well-being rise,” and the Western world, at least, is enjoying a great run of peace and prosperity. Second, “the rapid growth of mutual knowledge, thanks to the global spread of electronic and digital communication,” means that religious institutions, which in the past have managed...

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What’s Really Behind the Attacks on Religious Freedoms?

Apr 14, 2015 by

By Michael Brown, Charisma News: I believe there is a common thread that unites the new atheism, the radical left and the gay activist revolution. It is the philosophy that says, “We will not have God and His Son rule over us!” It is reminiscent of what is written in Psalm 2: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear off their bonds and cast away their ropes from us'” (2:2-3). To be perfectly clear, I do not believe in trying to establish a Christian theocracy in America (or anywhere) until Jesus returns, at which time He will rule and reign over the world. Until then, we seek to be a positive influence in the society, living godly lives, raising solid families, working for social justice, caring for the poor, advocating for righteousness, being disciples and making disciples,...

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