Your Sunday Morning Sermon with Jerry DeWitt

I had the unenviable job of following this talk at the American Atheists convention a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you firsthand that, despite the fact that it was early on Easter morning, former pastor Jerry DeWitt had the audience cheering him on all the way through his sermon:

“Take the entire Bible, multiply it by a million, and it does not carry the weight of one single smile.”

Preach it, Jerry!

By the way, his book Hope After Faith comes out in June — can’t wait to read it:

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  • Steve Dicus

    Jerry has to be a blood relative of Jimmy Heart.

  • Gideon

    Good message. Without magic, moral responsibility is greater. Prayers do nothing to aid someone in need, but generous friendship does.

    I’m not a fan of “Can I get a ‘Darwin’?”, though. Too groupthink-ish. I understand it’s intended as a harmless little pun, but it’s also true that puns shift from funny to annoying after very few repetitions…

  • Joe Smith

    I am not crazy about this direction. This just helps religious people go “see atheism is a religion”. I agree, it just looks like we are desperate to act like churches.

  • Travis

    While I think some will see this as making atheism into a religion, I disagree. Yes. He sounds like a pastor from a church. He used to be. But this method of conveying a message is still very powerful for many. Most importantly, it does exactly what his message was about. Builds Relationships. Once you no longer attend a church you lose all the instant community that was available to you. This type of model isn’t for everyone but I think it would make unbelief more acceptable and available for the general masses. It would provide a greater sense of cohesion for a local community of people without the nonsense of the supernatural.

    The “Can I get a ‘Darwin’?” was a little over used but I get it. Crowd participation is part of the community building process in churches. It works. The trick is to make sure that these methods aren’t used to push dogma but freethought.