An Atheist-Turned-Christian Believes He Can Get You To Reconsider God’s Existence

We know that demographic trends show a rising percentage of Nones in America. People are dropping their religious labels faster than ever before, and that’s a cause for concern for many church leaders and churchgoers.

Shane Hayes is an Christian who believes he can reach out to atheists in a way that’s far more effective than the usual breed of apologists — Good luck with that — in part because he used to be an atheist, too.

His new book, out this week, is called The End of Unbelief: A new approach to the question of God (Leafwood Publishers, 2014):

In the excerpt below, Hayes makes what he calls an Agnostic argument for faith:

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The Grand Haven Hydraulic Cross Needs to Come Down

On top of Dewey Hill, in Grand Haven, Michigan, there’s a giant hydraulic cross that goes up several times a year:

The cross came into being in the early 1960s as a gift to the city (and it quickly became the centerpiece for a giant nativity scene). The city pays for the cross’ upkeep now by adding its maintenance costs to the contracts of any group that rents nearby Waterfront Stadium.

In other words, if you want to rent the public facility, you’re paying for the preservation of a Christian cross.

City officials maintain that it’s not just a Christian symbol. For example, during the annual Coast Guard Festival, they “dress up” the cross like an anchor.


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Owner of Faith-Based Preschool Accuses Groupon of Religious Discrimination

The owner of Munchkin’s Preschool in Mesa, Arizona claims that Groupon is discriminating against his business because it’s “faith-based”:

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The Religious Version of Upworthy

If the writers at Upworthy were around during important moments in religious history, that site might look something like this:

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A Promotional Video for a School Curriculum That Will Never Challenge Students

In this promotional video for Bob Jones University Press, we learn that Christianity is infused in everything from the teaching of math (1 + 1 + 1 = 1?) to the workers in the company’s warehouse:

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