Humans hunger for the sacred. Why can’t the new atheists understand that?

Jun 2, 2014 by

By Roger Scruton, Spectator: Look at life under communism, and you’ll see why religion will never die Does the world have a purpose? The new atheists regard the question as absurd. Purposes emerge in the course of evolution, they tell us; to suppose that they could exist before any organism can gain a reproductive advantage from possessing them is to unlearn the lesson of Darwin. With the theory of evolution firmly established, therefore, there is no room in the scientific worldview for an...

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Two views of Hell

May 29, 2014 by

by John Kersey, Libertarian Alliance Let us begin with the Bible – for that is where, as Christians, we must always begin. And I must crave the indulgence for a moment of those who do not share my faith, but who will perhaps acknowledge that it has been directly formative upon the character and culture of our isles, and therefore has a place, however restricted, in our public discourse. Psalm 14: 1 puts the matter very succinctly: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are...

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Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on “Taking Religion Seriously”

May 13, 2014 by

By Bart Gingerich, Juicy Ecumenism On April 30th, the John Jay Institute hosted the Right Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester and current director of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue. The event, entitled “Taking Religion Seriously: Muslims, Christians, Jews, and World Order,” attracted attendees from the greater Philadelphia area, especially the surrounding Main Line. The lecture dealt with such issues as secularism, philosophies of religious...

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Schools sent ‘atheist handbook’ by humanist group

May 2, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute A humanist group is sending a secularist text called ‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’ to every secondary school in England and Wales. The British Humanist Association (BHA), which campaigns for a secular state, claims to be distributing the book so that pupils can “encounter the full range of philosophies and worldviews” available to them. ‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’ was written by science teacher Alom Shaha, who...

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Atheist Sunday Assembly prepares for first 'synod' as expansion continues

Apr 29, 2014 by

From The Guardian General assembly in London on Saturday will set up a system of church-like management for rapidly growing group In the beginning there was one – a gathering of several hundred atheists in a deconsecrated church in north London. Within months that solitary event had mushroomed into a cluster of get-togethers across Britain and further afield, where unbelievers met to celebrate life without God. Now, 16 months after the first Sunday Assembly, the organisation predicts it...

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The hypersensitivity of atheists

Apr 28, 2014 by

By Colin Hart, The Christian Institute David Cameron’s comments about Britain being a Christian country were hardly new or doctrinaire. They were so mild that politicians across the parties were happy to echo many of the remarks. So mild that Christ, the cross or the resurrection didn’t even get a mention in the speech.   Come election time, Christians will weigh up whether David Cameron practises what he preaches.   But what I found fascinating was the extraordinary...

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