Atheism vs “Thoughts & Prayers”

It's becoming common nowadays to see atheists and skeptics ridicule prayer in the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Harvey. One clever meme that I've seen this time around contains a picture of an empty truck, with the caption, "Good news! Your shipment of prayers has arrived." Funny, right? Secular scoffers who speak thus usually explain …

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The True Value of Halloween

A woman once wrote to C.S. Lewis in great distress. It appeared, she said, that England was becoming a very pagan nation. By “pagan”  the woman meant the culture of Britain was reverting back to pre-Christian belief systems of spiritism, idolatry, and nature-worship. She expressed this concern earnestly to professor Lewis to see what analysis or prescription he could …

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Atheism Is Not Endearing

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this quote from the actor/atheist Hugh Laurie. I find my atheism is becoming more marked with each passing year. I once prided myself on a relaxed and respectful attitude to other people's beliefs, but I'm finding it harder to keep that up. I might find myself taking …

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Hitchens at the Horns of the Altar

Today at Mere Orthodoxy I have a review of the new book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist. It's by Larry Taunton, a Christian and an academic who became close with Hitchens in the last few years of his life. Part intellectual biography, part spiritual memoir, part "road …

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Why Should You Trust the Bible? 5 Questions With Pastor Greg Gilbert

  Greg Gilbert, pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky (full disclosure: Third Avenue is where I am a member), wants you to "get" Christianity. That's why, for example, he has a Masters in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor's degree from a little New England school called Yale. It's …

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