News Regis course a response to atheism
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Since: Feb 11
Pale Blue Dot
#1 Dec 9, 2012
"Jesuit Scripture scholar Fr. Scott Lewis will lead a team of Regis theologians teaching a non-credit course called Responding to 21st- Century Atheism.
Whether scanning the shelves of a bookstore or taking a first university course, many people find themselves confronted with a brand of atheism that rejects faith as the antithesis of reason, said Lewis, a Scripture columnist for The Catholic Register.
You find all kinds of books telling you youre an idiot if you believe in God, said Lewis.Its a very aggressive attack on belief. I dont think people of any faith, Christian or non-Christian, can afford the luxury of doctrinal differences now.
While Lewis is ready to take up Pope Paul VIs call to arms, he does think theres a reaction to atheism that really doesnt work the blogosphere world of apologetics.
The trouble with circling the wagons is that usually the minds close and then we cant get anywhere, he said.
People who want to fight against evolution or wage a kind of political war in favour of God dont advance the idea of faith. Lewis believes debates like the one between atheist writer Christopher Hitchens and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Toronto in 2010 are the wrong way to dialogue with atheism.
I would rather have discussions not with these very militant atheists, but with very thoughtful ones and with very thoughtful theologians and people of faith who are not threatened, he said.I think both sides could learn from each other.
A starting point for people of faith has to be the proper distinction between faith and belief, said Lewis.
Faith is a relationship with God. Belief is how you package it. Beliefs can change. Faith should not, it should deepen, Lewis said."
Since: Jun 07
#2 Jan 8, 2013
This is coming from the lving faith that brought you such warm loving words as "The fool says in his heart,There is no God. They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. "
Stupid theists can't even read their own f*cking black and white words and they accuse atheists of being rude. F*ck off, we have license because you've had unjustified hate in your book for centuries and you f*ckers teach it.
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