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…]
Enlisting or re-enlisting in a military service requires taking an oath, ending in the words “so help me God.” An atheist airman trying to re-enlist in the Air Force has crossed out those words in the paperwork he is supposed to sign. So the Air Force is not letting him re-enlist.
Lawsuits are in the works. But does it make sense to require a person to swear in the name of a deity he does not believe in? And doesn’t requiring a religious oath for military service constitute a “religious test” for public office, which the Constitution does not allow? More to the point, in a time when the religious liberty of Christians is threatened more and more, don’t Christians need to support the religious liberty of everyone, including atheists? [Read more…]
Atheists are getting organized politically, to the point of forming a Political Action Committee that will endorse candidates, give them money, and organize grass-root support for their campaigns. Already the PAC, known as the Freethought Equality Fund, has endorsed four Congressional candidates. [Read more…]
If you were travelling through Dallas, Chicago , Nashville, Grand Rapids, or other cities in America, Great Britain, or Australia, you might come across a congregation called Sunday Assembly. That would not be what it sounds like, some offshoot of the Assembly of God. This is an assembly of atheists. They meet on Sundays in congregations for singing (not hymns, of course, but songs like “Lean on Me” and “Imagine”), teaching, and fellowship.
We’ve blogged about this before, talking about the group’s liturgy (in fact, the Sunday Assembly website links to our post in the “about” section). After the jump, see the denomination’s 10-point creed. [Read more…]