Satanists are planning “After School Satan Clubs” for elementary children. Satanists are targeting school districts that allow for after school Christian activities, taking advantage of religious liberty rulings to promote their anti-religion.
In the ancient Greco-Roman persecutions, Christians were put to death on the grounds of atheism; that is, they did not believe in the gods. They believed in one God, but they rejected the pantheon of all other religions. Catholic journalist John L. Allen discusses some similarities between Christians and atheists today, particularly in a global context. Islamic radicals, he says, have two major targets: Christians and atheists. Also, worldwide, Christians join with atheists in promoting secular governments as opposed to theocracies. [Read more…]
In Judaism, it’s fairly common to hear, “I’m an atheist, but I’m culturally Jewish.” So why can’t a person be an atheist but culturally Christian?
It turns out that some people like going to church–singing hymns, performing rituals, being part of a community, getting morally inspired–but they have trouble with the God part. An op-ed by Alana Massey calls for churches to make a space for unbelievers who nevertheless want to be “cultural Christians.” [Read more…]
Another Lutheran joins me here at Patheos, Rebecca Florence Miller. She has made a splash already with her post Why Christians Should Stand Up for Atheists, which makes the case that religious liberty is for everyone, including those who reject religion. (Atheists are reportedly astounded that a conservative Christians is standing up for them, but that should happen more than it usually does on an issue like this.) But I leave you, after the jump, with a post that explains very well the Lutheran doctrine of culture and social engagement: The Two Kingdoms. [Read more…]