November 27, 2019
Is Atheism new or the most ancient of faiths? | Rural America is the genuine heart land of the nation
An article appeared recently in Unherd.com about The Battle to believe in God. On one level it is about the decline in the percentage of the population in highly developed Western countries. But at another level its really about the ancient faith of atheism.
Carmen discusses the article with Dr. Peter Kapsner as part of their recurring 50 Shades of Truth segment.
- Atheism requires a lot of faith.
- Atheists want nothing to do with God.
- Atheism is nothing new.
- Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “there is no God”
Atheism has become more culturally acceptable and there are more people willing to publicly admit they do not believe – but in Whom do they not believe? Carmen shares “that’s become my go-to question when someone objects to or dismisses the Godview on something. I say, ‘hmm, okay. I want to understand where you’re coming from. So tell me about the god in whom you don’t believe.'” She shares that “more times than I not I agree with them! The One true God revealed in the Scriptures, incarnate in Jesus and closer to me right now than my next breath is not the misrepresentation of god they describe.”
Peter raises an observation about the article which characterizes the Christian life as basically an emotional answer to why things are wrong and how to just live with all that’s wrong. Both Carmen and Peter agree that characterization falls short of the redemption narrative and the personal universe of an eternal, holy, just God of love.
They also discuss the reality that rural America is often mischaracterized and misunderstood by the media today – and by church planters. For more on that topic, read the series by Ed Stetzer on Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America.