What scares the new atheists

Mar 20, 2015 by

by John Gray, Guardian: The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing. In 1929, the Thinker’s Library, a series established by the Rationalist Press Association to advance secular thinking and counter the influence of religion in Britain, published an English translation of the German biologist Ernst Haeckel’s 1899 book The Riddle of the Universe. Celebrated as “the German Darwin”, Haeckel was one of the...

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God, reason, and our civilizational crisis

Mar 20, 2015 by

by Samuel Gregg, MercatorNet: The way Islam understands God shapes their culture. And the way the West understands God shapes ours. In 1992, the political scientist Samuel Huntington ignited a debate among scholars of politics and international affairs when he proposed that civilizational differences would be an increased source of conflict in a post-Cold War world. Widely seen as a competitor to the “end of history” thesis proposed by Francis Fukuyama, Huntington’s argument was developed in...

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NHS to provide ‘atheist chaplains’ – new guidance

Mar 12, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: Hospitals may have to provide atheist chaplains, according to new NHS guidelines published last week. The guidance uses the term ‘chaplain’ to refer to “non-religious pastoral and spiritual care providers”, and claims that patients’ experiences are “enhanced by ensuring either religious or non-religious pastoral support is available”. The guidance, outlining “good practice in chaplaincy care”, replaces a 2003 document and takes into account the Equality Act 2010,...

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New atheism, old problems

Mar 7, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: Author, political philosopher and self-proclaimed atheist John Gray has a few words for members of the new atheism – and they are not complimentary. He calls new atheists evangelical, but argues that the ideas they are attempting to spread are ill founded. As Gray puts it: ‘In fact there are no reliable connections – whether in logic or history – between atheism, science and liberal values. When organised as a movement and backed by the power of the state, atheist...

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Secular liberals threaten our right to bring up children in the faith

Feb 23, 2015 by

By Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, The Conservative Woman: […] In his lecture, Schmidtz was very candid about the fact that market forces in education can empower parents as they look for the best way to educate their children.  And he embraced this empowerment:  ‘If there is anyone we can trust to make the best decision for a child, I would bet on the parents’, he said. As a parent, and as a lover of freedom, I was all for Schmidtz’s message.  But as the floor opened up for discussion, there...

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St Polycarp’s martyrdom is a sign of things to come in our Godless age

Feb 22, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: The martyrdom of St Polycarp in around AD 155, which the Church of England commemorates tomorrow, resonates powerfully in our rapidly paganising, post-modern culture. As a very old man, probably in his 90s, he was burnt to death in front of a frenzied crowd in a sports’ stadium in the city of Smyrna, then in the Roman proconsular province of Asia, now Izmir in western Turkey. He had been Bishop of the Christian church in Smyrna. Whilst it is conceivable...

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