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FEAR OF GOD
Re: Hal G.P. Colebatch’s Those Odd Atheist Bus-Slogans:
I was very troubled reading this article and the links to atheism to Nazism are not only false but highly insulting. This kind of article belongs in a church newsletter and not pretending to be a proper article. I hope that you will move it to the trash can or at least mark it very distinctly as an opinion. To put such information forward as truth is hopefully irregular and will not occur again. Thank you for your time.
Your livid reader,
— D.J. Mealor
Mr. Colebatch wonders about those hostile atheist advertisements since, as he argues, religion was essential to the birth of science and may even have nurtured it. That might be, but Mr. Colebatch should realize that right now there’s a religious war on science. The main front of that war is the theory of evolution and if it wasn’t for that war, atheists would scarcely be thinking about religious people. The very real hostility of atheists and scientists toward religion is the direct outcome of that war on science.
For most people religion as well as non-religion are personal
with no need to confront anyone about it. But when religious
people use political means to subvert the scientific method it is
no longer personal. The theory of evolution is as scientifically
established as the theory of gravity, but all over the U.S.
religious people are working to force ignorant biblical
interpretations onto students in schools in complete defiance of
scientific explanations. Religious people should expect some
reaction, and I believe the signs on the buses are part of that.
And it’s only going to get worse. There is a large presence of
scientists and atheists on the Internet with a growing
conversation there about the religious assault on science. If the
religions don’t back off on the teaching of evolution, expect
— Ron Schoenberg
Thanks for publishing Mr. Colebatch’s great arguments. I would
like to share a different tack, more of an invitation:
My, how Greek we are. Sounds almost Epicurean. But then these same people have been declaring (and depicting) Christianity to be equivalent to or even worse than Stoicism.
Maybe we are becoming hedonistic. Or maybe we are just devolving to the animals that Darwin says we are.
Paul definitely described our natural tendencies as putting us apart from God. When we intentionally forsake God, it must take a Herculean effort to truly maintain God’s morality. It is pretty hard even with God’s help. So much easier to attack the source of those morals and those who would at least try to uphold them.
Sin brings separation from God. That alone is painful enough. But it does not end there. Sinful acts actually cause pain to us and to others. Pain is a natural part of life, but we sure don’t need to keep heaping more pain upon the world by our acts. And a natural consequence of hedonistic life is a hollow emptiness.
I give full props to those atheists who can live so as to resist their natural proclivities that would cause their lives to be hollow, empty and full of pain.
But I ask all, the good, and those who would try to destroy the faith of others, to open their minds to the possibility there can be more than that in this life.
There is true joy through faith, through seeking God and living the life that God would want us to live. A much deeper joy than the hollow joys found in lasciviousness. Plus, the Holy Spirit is a comforter in times of pain.
Like in that “Foot Steps” poem, God will help any and all. He will even help those who don’t ask and turn away. Deep pain does tend to make us a little self-centered, but He knows, and He is good that way.
And He has given us a way to overcome the distance we put between us and Him, as well as the shame that would drive us away. Like the aforementioned poem, John 3:16 has become clichéd, but it does say it very well.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?