All posts tagged atheism

  • A Formula For Atheism


    (This is my foreword for Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt by Austin Fisher.)

    A Formula For Atheism
    Brian Zahnd

    A few years ago the pastor of an evangelical-fundamentalist church with whom I’m acquainted announced on the Sunday after Easter that he had become an atheist. He told his stunned congregation that he had been an atheist for a year and a half and that all attempts to revive his faith had failed. So on the Sunday after Easter he publicly left Christianity and moved on with his life — a life with no more Easters.

    A few days after his bombshell resignation I met with this now erstwhile pastor. As I listened to his story, it quickly became apparent that he had not so much lost his faith in Christianity as he had lost his credulity for fundamentalism. But sadly he had been formed in a tradition where Christianity and fundamentalism were so tightly bound together that he could not make a distinction between them. For this fundamentalist pastor, if the Bible wasn’t literally, historically, and scientifically factual in a biblicist-empiricist sense, then Christianity was a falsity he had to reject. When his fundamentalist house of cards collapsed, it took his Christian faith down with it. In one remarkable leap of faith, a fundamentalist became a newly minted atheist. I did my best to explain to him that he had made the modern mistake of confusing historic Christian faith with early-twentieth-century fundamentalism, but by now the damage was done and it appears his faith has suffered a fatal blow.
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  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1918-2008

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died August 3 at the age of 89. Solzhenitsyn was a Russian author, political dissident, social critic, and one of the great thinkers and writers of the 20th century. Time magazine called his Gulag Archepleago, “the most important book of the 20th century.” In 1970 he was awarded a Nobel Prize for his, One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich. Personally, I regard his commencement address at Harvard University on June 8, 1978 as one of the most prophetic events of the 20th century. In his address, A World Split Apart, Solzhenitsyn argues that the only hope for the future of western civilization is a spiritual awakening. Here is a portion of the Harvard address. I urge you to read it thoughtfully and perceive how prophetic it was then and remains today.
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  • Atheism

    Warning: Long Blog (take your time).

    I’m in Sydney, Australia. I’ve been ministering at Hillsong Church. I preached six times this weekend and I felt like things went very well. I also had a wonderful time getting to know Paul Scanlon, Pastor of Abundant Life Church in Bradford, England, Gary Clark, pastor of Hillsong London, Zhenya Kasevich, pastor of Hillsong Kiev and Brendan White, pastor of Hillsong Paris along with many other leaders in the Hillsong movement. It really was a precious time of fellowship and forging new relationships.

    So I don’t know why I felt a little sad today. I thought perhaps I was just ready to come home.
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  • Is There A God?

    Some of my thinking in this blog has been assisted by the writings of Swiss theologian Emil Brunner.

    Is There A God?
    The question is not necessarily easy to answer because the question itself is wrongly framed. The moment a person asks this question about God they are on the wrong track. The problem is the word “there.”

    there: adverb in or at that place
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