Suppose you run a fast food company and you wanted to put up a new restaurant. Or you run a grocery store chain and wanted to construct a new building. If you’re near Cumming, Georgia, you might contact a group like Christian Brothers Inc. General Contractors because construction is what they do.
Also, they really, really love Jesus:
Daniel Fincke urges fellow atheists to stop using straw men when we criticize Christianity. Thanks to all that sophisticated theology out there, no mindful Jesus-follower actually believes in a bearded man in the sky.
Or angels playing harps on clouds. That’s silly.
Or a literal fiery, demon-infested Hell. C’mon now.
Or a virgin birth. No one believes that.
Or that God listens to our prayers and watches over all of us at all times. That’s all an insult to Christian intelligence.
This is an article by Dale DeBakcsy. It appears in the 2nd Quarter 2014 issue of American Atheist magazine. American Atheist magazine is available at Barnes & Noble and Book World bookstores in the U.S. and at Chapters/Indigo bookstores in Canada. Go to Atheists.org to subscribe or to join American Atheists. Members receive a free digital subscription. It’s also available from iTunes.
“Rule of etiquette the first — which hundreds of others merely paraphrase or explain or elaborate — is: Never do anything that is unpleasant to others.” — Emily Post, Etiquette
Few things seem, on the surface, more at cross-purposes than public Atheism and etiquette. If Emily is right — and I think she is — about good manners consisting primarily in doing everything you can to make life more pleasant for those around you, then merely being an Atheist in the first place is a shocking breach of decorum. What could make life more immediately unpleasant for your neighbor than steadfastly refusing to acknowledge the possibility of their theological whims? Is the choice, then, between being well-mannered but silent or uncouth but true-to-self? Put more bluntly, must Atheists always appear as clumsy, ill-bred bullies?
Christian Publisher Forced to Resign from NRB After Releasing Book Reconciling Faith and Homosexuality
Last month, I posted about a controversy involved Matthew Vines, a gay Christian who has a new book out about how homosexuality and his faith are indeed compatible. It’s called God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships:
The problem was that his Christian publishers were being criticized by conservatives who deemed the book heretical. Vines’ book is being released by Convergent Books, which is actually part of a larger group called WaterBrook Multnomah. Convergent focuses on books for the progressive Christian community while some of WM’s other imprints put out books for the rest of the Christian spectrum.