How do atheists observe Thanksgiving?

JP: Thoughtful article by Albert Mohler.

“They Did Not Honor Him as God, or Give Thanks”

Excerpts:

A haunting question is this: How do atheists observe Thanksgiving? I can easily understand that an atheist or agnostic would think of fellow human beings and feel led to express thankfulness and gratitude to all those who, both directly and indirectly, have contributed to their lives. But what about the blessings that cannot be ascribed to human agency? Those are both more numerous and more significant, ranging from the universe we experience to the gift of life itself.

Can one really be thankful without being thankful to someone? It makes no sense to express thankfulness to a purely naturalistic system.

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So, observe a wonderful Thanksgiving — but realize that a proper Christian Thanksgiving is a deeply theological act that requires an active mind as well as a thankful heart. We need to think deeply, widely, carefully, and faithfully about the countless reasons for our thankfulness to God.

It is humbling to see that Paul so explicitly links a lack of thankfulness to sin, foolishness, and idolatry. A lack of proper thankfulness to God is a clear sign of a basic godlessness. Millions of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving with little consciousness of this truth. Their impulse to express gratitude is a sign of their spiritual need that can be met only in Christ.

So have a very Happy Thanksgiving — and remember that giving thanks is one of the most explicitly theological acts any human can contemplate. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting [1 Chronicles 16:34]. Give thanks.

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On people who insist we are “simply anthropoid apes”

JP: Interesting read from Christianity today

When Atheists Believe

Excerpts:

Well-known [atheist] scholar Antony Flew was the first, saying he had to go “where the evidence [led].” Evolutionary theory, he concluded, has no reasonable explanation for the origin of life. When I met with Flew in Oxford, he told me that while he had not come to believe in the biblical God, he had concluded that atheism is not logically sustainable.

A. N. Wilson … noticed that the people who insist we are “simply anthropoid apes” cannot account for things as basic as language, love, and music. That, along with the “even stronger argument” of how the “Christian faith transforms individual lives,” convinced Wilson that “the religion of the incarnation … is simply true.”

Matthew Parris, another well-known British atheist, made the mistake of visiting Christian aid workers in Malawi, where he saw the power of the gospel transforming them and others. Concerned with what he saw, he wrote that it “confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my worldview, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God.” While Parris is unwilling to follow where his observations lead, he is obviously wrestling with how Christianity makes better sense of the world than other worldviews.

Rapture insurance for Fido and friends

JP: One would be a fool to waste shekels on this!

Eternal Earth-Bound Pets: The next best thing to pet salvation in a Post Rapture World

From FAQs:

As atheists we do not hold beliefs in the supernatural or a divine being. Thus, we do not believe in the Rapture. However, we respect the beliefs of others and are open to the possibility that our perspective could possibly be wrong.

HT: Mark Snoeberger

“Penitents Compete”: How not to convert them!

JP: Title says it all! Atheists: How not to convert them

Turkish TV gameshow looks to convert atheists

Excerpt:

What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists?

Turkish television station Kanal T hopes the answer is a ratings success as it prepares to launch a gameshow where spiritual guides from the four faiths will seek to convert a group of non-believers.

The prize for converts will be a pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen religion — Mecca for Muslims, the Vatican for Christians, Jerusalem for Jews and Tibet for Buddhists.

But religious authorities in Muslim but secular Turkey are not amused by the twist on the popular reality game show format and the Religious Affairs Directorate is refusing to provide an imam for the show.

“Doing something like this for the sake of ratings is disrespectful to all religions. Religion should not be a subject for entertainment programs,” High Board of Religious Affairs Chairman Hamza Aktan told state news agency Anatolian after news of the planned program emerged.

The makers of “Penitents Compete” are unrepentant and reject claims that the show, scheduled to begin broadcasting in September, will cheapen religion.

“We are giving the biggest prize in the world, the gift of belief in God,” Kanal T chief executive Seyhan Soylu told Reuters.

“We don’t approve of anyone being an atheist. God is great and it doesn’t matter which religion you believe in. The important thing is to believe,” Soylu said.

A week at camp … “an atheist for life”

JP: As if children don’t get enough of it in public school, museums, and state and national parks.

Richard Dawkins Jumps The Shark

Excerpt:

News out of Great Britain indicates that Richard Dawkins, perhaps the world’s most famous living atheist, is setting up a summer camp intended to help children and teenagers adopt atheism. As The Times [London] reports: “Give Richard Dawkins a child for a week’s summer camp and he will try to give you an atheist for life.”

The camp, based upon an American precursor, is to be financially subsidized by Dawkins. According to media reports, all 24 places at the camp have been taken.

Authentic Italian food served the traditional Chinese way

Authentic Italian food served the traditional Chinese way

JP: From Tactics, A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions, p. 108

And other examples of views that self-destruct:

  • “There is no truth.” (is this statement the truth?)
  • “There are no absolutes.” (Is this an absolute?)
  • “No one can know any truth about religion.” (And how, precisely, did you come to know that truth about religion?)
  • “You can’t know anything for sure.” (Are you sure about that?)
  • “Talking about God is meaningless.” (What does this statement about God mean?)
  • “You can only know truth through experience.” (What experience taught you that truth?)
  • “Never take anyone’s advice on that issue.” (Should I take your advice on that issue)

More:

… the Postmodern claim ‘There is no truth’ invites the obvious question: Is the claim that there is no truth itself a true statement, or is it false? (Ibid. p. 111)

Who is this quote from?

Émile Cammaerts

Quote: “If you don’t believe in God, you’ll believe in anything”

Answer: Émile Cammaerts