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Thread #150459   Message #3506400
Posted By: Jack the Sailor
20-Apr-13 - 10:31 PM
Thread Name: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Subject: RE: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
FUTWICK Thank you reading the article. Like you I am not convinced that he has made his argument. But lets look at who he is.

Johnnie Moore is the author of a new book about Jesus called Dirty God (#DirtyGod). He is a Professor of Religion and Vice President of Liberty University

If anyone is going to be approached by fiery atheist zealots, I think it is he. It is almost certain that he is confronted online by people who have read the works of the New Atheists, have been inspired and want to try out their chops. But fire and brimstone preachers make a good living and Internet arguers have to make a living so comparing them one to one is hardly fair. It really seems to me that Johnnie Moore is exaggerating to push his point.

I think for me the problem with the New atheists is just this. Confronting people like Johnnie Moore and calling them names is not going to help the world move toward reason. In fact it moves society in the direction of chaos.

You said this.

"Well, he's right. You see, Lewis didn't become a Christian in any sense that most Christians today would recognize or accept as an atheist. He realized, as I have, that there is power in these old myths as long as you understand that a myth is neither a falsehood (atheist) nor history (Christian)."

I don't understand what you are saying. Where I am from C.S. Lewis is well respected in Christian Circles and was recommended reading in my fathers Church (United Church of Canada)for doubters and well respected among protestant ministers in my home town. I have no way of knowing how widespread this was in Canada but I don't think any Christian who reads his works sees him as an atheist.

I think that a lot of Christians do appreciate the Christian Lewis became and they regularly read his books about becoming Christian, staying Christian and avoiding temptation.

His "Screwtape Letters" seem to me be like just the type of pushing ideas on children that Mr. Dawkins decries.

Many of his works were written to bring children to the Faith and keep them in the Faith.