Is atheism winning the culture war?

Is atheism winning the culture war?

There are 224 comments on the The Washington Post story from Oct 23, 2013, titled Is atheism winning the culture war?. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

Barking dogs chase passing cars that they never come close to touching, and I doubt they consider the ramifications of actually catching a vehicle.

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Thinking

Merthyr Tydfil, UK

#83 Nov 25, 2013
Hiding in plain sight.
LuzAranda wrote:
Thinking got it wrong. Never do I even consider it. I do not practice it nor know anyone else who does. Sorry.

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#84 Nov 25, 2013
between atheism and the Roadrunner we're in business!
Thinking

Merthyr Tydfil, UK

#85 Nov 25, 2013
Children don't get abused in the name of Atheism or of Roadrunner.

Kids, keep away from the priest's beep beep.
LuzAranda wrote:
between atheism and the Roadrunner we're in business!

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#86 Nov 25, 2013
If you think about it atheism has nothing to do with culture
susanblange

Norfolk, VA

#87 Nov 25, 2013
People are leaving their Christian roots and converting to other philosophies, including atheism. When the real Messiah comes, she will unite the righteous against the wicked. It won't matter what your faith is. Christians say you have to believe in Jesus to go to heaven. In reality, that belief will ultimately kill you. At the end, in WW III, the final war which Christians call Armageddon is called in the OT, the "valley of decision". Joel 3:12-14. At that time, only those who believe in the living God will be saved, all Christians will die. "...whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered..." Joel 2:32.
susanblange

Norfolk, VA

#88 Nov 25, 2013
Sunday wrote:
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No doubt! Not to mention all the missionary's around the world. These people are just plain lost!
The missionaries are mentioned in the OT. "...and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell" Isaiah 57:9. The blind leading the blind, it's a spiritual condition, not physical. They are also deaf and do not understand the words of the book. Most Christians (and Jews) do not read the bible, and the OT is not that hard to understand. To me, it's very plain and clear.
monday

Clarksburg, WV

#89 Nov 25, 2013
susanblange wrote:
People are leaving their Christian roots and converting to other philosophies, including atheism. When the real Messiah comes, she will unite the righteous against the wicked. It won't matter what your faith is. Christians say you have to believe in Jesus to go to heaven. In reality, that belief will ultimately kill you. At the end, in WW III, the final war which Christians call Armageddon is called in the OT, the "valley of decision". Joel 3:12-14. At that time, only those who believe in the living God will be saved, all Christians will die. "...whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered..." Joel 2:32.
Wow!

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#90 Nov 25, 2013
susanblange wrote:
<quoted text>The missionaries are mentioned in the OT. "...and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell" Isaiah 57:9. The blind leading the blind, it's a spiritual condition, not physical. They are also deaf and do not understand the words of the book. Most Christians (and Jews) do not read the bible, and the OT is not that hard to understand. To me, it's very plain and clear.
All Christians religions READ the Bible, discuss it, honor it, love it and KNOW it. Your youth needs more time to criticize AND ponder as to the significance of God, Bible and life. You need to READ the Bible, yourself. Try the Catholic Church, Bible readings following a set world sequence are read daily. Attend Mass for three consecutive years and you'll hear the whole Book and also explained. Your desperate care is heard. Find God as He's waiting for you.
monday

Clarksburg, WV

#91 Nov 25, 2013
LuzAranda wrote:
<quoted text>All Christians religions READ the Bible, discuss it, honor it, love it and KNOW it. Your youth needs more time to criticize AND ponder as to the significance of God, Bible and life. You need to READ the Bible, yourself. Try the Catholic Church, Bible readings following a set world sequence are read daily. Attend Mass for three consecutive years and you'll hear the whole Book and also explained. Your desperate care is heard. Find God as He's waiting for you.
Well said! I completely agree!
susanblange

Norfolk, VA

#92 Nov 25, 2013
LuzAranda wrote:
<quoted text>All Christians religions READ the Bible, discuss it, honor it, love it and KNOW it. Your youth needs more time to criticize AND ponder as to the significance of God, Bible and life. You need to READ the Bible, yourself. Try the Catholic Church, Bible readings following a set world sequence are read daily. Attend Mass for three consecutive years and you'll hear the whole Book and also explained. Your desperate care is heard. Find God as He's waiting for you.
I know a lot of Christians only read the NT. Catholics also include a lot of books that were not canonized, ie the Apocrypha. The only book that is valid is the OT and it will be completely fulfilled. The only accurate version is the OKJV, all the other versions are Christian interpretations. Believe me, I read the bible and can quote entire chapters verbatim from memory.
monday

Clarksburg, WV

#93 Nov 25, 2013
susanblange wrote:
<quoted text>I know a lot of Christians only read the NT. Catholics also include a lot of books that were not canonized, ie the Apocrypha. The only book that is valid is the OT and it will be completely fulfilled. The only accurate version is the OKJV, all the other versions are Christian interpretations. Believe me, I read the bible and can quote entire chapters verbatim from memory.
Haha. When Christianity came about catholic were there. Nt is as valid as they come! Glad you can quote entire chapters. Shows your dedication and faith. Are you Jewish?

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#94 Nov 25, 2013
susanblange wrote:
<quoted text>I know a lot of Christians only read the NT. Catholics also include a lot of books that were not canonized, ie the Apocrypha. The only book that is valid is the OT and it will be completely fulfilled. The only accurate version is the OKJV, all the other versions are Christian interpretations. Believe me, I read the bible and can quote entire chapters verbatim from memory.
so that's it!! sorry, I won't let any of your superiors know you use computers, you're forgiven.
susanblange

Norfolk, VA

#95 Nov 25, 2013
monday wrote:
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Haha. When Christianity came about catholic were there. Nt is as valid as they come! Glad you can quote entire chapters. Shows your dedication and faith. Are you Jewish?
I thought for many years that I was Jewish but the Jews don't want me. They tell me that I am not Jewish. I practice what I call the Truth and it's an eclectic mix of the truth that is in all religions. A lot of Christians only read parts of the OT, like the Psalms. I was raised Christian but had never read the bible until 30 years ago. I thought it was fiction and was amazed to find out Israel was a real place.
Siro

Sydney, Australia

#96 Nov 25, 2013
LuzAranda wrote:
If you think about it atheism has nothing to do with culture
It is to do with ideology if anything.
Atheists all tend to support marxist based creeds and yet also like to live lifestyles that make donald trump look like a derelict.
Atheism is really more a type of pure narcissism
Atheism, marxism, narcissism complement each other very well

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#97 Nov 25, 2013
susanblange wrote:
<quoted text>I thought for many years that I was Jewish but the Jews don't want me. They tell me that I am not Jewish. I practice what I call the Truth and it's an eclectic mix of the truth that is in all religions. A lot of Christians only read parts of the OT, like the Psalms. I was raised Christian but had never read the bible until 30 years ago. I thought it was fiction and was amazed to find out Israel was a real place.
ridiculous-GO HOME.
Thinking

Merthyr Tydfil, UK

#98 Nov 26, 2013
Since you think about it, it does.
LuzAranda wrote:
If you think about it atheism has nothing to do with culture
tuesday

Clarksburg, WV

#99 Nov 26, 2013
Thinking wrote:
<quoted text>Since you think about it, it does.
No. I try to understand your positions or points on your post. It's like trying to decipher a code.

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#103 Nov 26, 2013
-Skeptic- wrote:
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Why should we read your fraudlent nonsense? Hurry up and prove your god before selling your false cult.
Lucky you, you don't GET IT! more the need to attend a Catholic Mass everyday for 3 whole years, the Bible IS read to you. All you do is listen and THINK.
LCNLin

United States

#104 Nov 26, 2013
BBC News

Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role.

In the document, he says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy.

He also warns that rising global economic inequality is bound to explode in conflict.

Since becoming Pope in March, Francis has struck a markedly different tone to his predecessor on several issues.

The new document did not address some of the key ethical reforms called for by Catholic progressives and ruled out any change in the Church's teaching on abortion or the exclusion of women from the priesthood. However, the Pope has already set up an advisory council of eight cardinals who are due to gather in Rome for their second plenary meeting next week.

He has also set up new mechanisms for reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. the main thrust of Pope Francis' pontificate, as outlined in this document and in his many homilies, is that he wants to see a less Vatican-centred Church whose greatest concern is for the poor and the marginalised, victims of an unjust global economic system that puts profit before people.

In addition, Pope Francis says that ties with Islam have taken on great importance for the Catholic Church because of the growing number of Muslim immigrants now residing in many traditionally Catholic countries. "We Christians," he says, "should embrace Muslims with affection and respect in the same way that we hope and ask to be respected in countries of Islamic tradition."

In his "apostolic exhortation", Pope Francis said he preferred a Church that was "bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security".

The document suggests major changes are on the way, with Francis noting that the Church has to get over an attitude that says: "We have always done it this way," the BBC's David Willey reports from Rome.

It represents an ambitious programme to try to rekindle his church's missionary zeal, our correspondent says.

However, the document reiterates the Church's opposition to the ordination of female priests, saying this is "not a question open to discussion".

The document also touches on inter-faith relations, urging Christians to "embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition".
'Idolatry of money'

Last month Pope Francis held his first meeting with a special group of cardinals to consider ways to reform the Vatican bureaucracy after saying in a newspaper interview that the Vatican had become too self-interested and needed to be inclusive.
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"Excessive centralisation, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church's life and her missionary outreach," he says in the latest document.

He also says he does not believe that the papacy "should be expected to offer a definitive or complete word on every question which affects the Church and the world".

This month the Vatican launched an unprecedented survey of the views of lay Catholics on modern family life and sexual ethics.

The document does restate the Church's opposition to abortion but concedes that "it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations,... especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty".
Thinking

Merthyr Tydfil, UK

#105 Nov 26, 2013
I'm sorry you struggle with plain English.
tuesday wrote:
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No. I try to understand your positions or points on your post. It's like trying to decipher a code.

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