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  • The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens

    12/23/2011 3:13:01 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 23, 2011 | Francis J. Beckwith
    On December 15, contemporary unbelief lost one of its most gifted apologists, Christopher Hitchens. He, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as the four horsemen of the New Atheism. It is called the “New” Atheism because of its evangelistic zeal, an enthusiasm largely absent from the more urbane and engaging infidelities of “the Old Atheists” like Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, or Antony Flew.  But like all undisciplined enthusiasts who confuse wisecracking proselytes with wisdom-seeking pilgrims, the New Atheists seem incapable of completely ridding themselves and their disciples of the metaphysical infrastructure of the...
  • China Sees New Surge in Christmas Tradition

    12/19/2011 6:38:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    CBN ^ | 12/19/11 | George Thomas
    BEIJING, China -- It's been a hectic few weeks for Wang San Ping. Ping owns a small Christmas shop near the U.S. embassy in Beijing. She, like so many other merchants on this street, is trying to entice shoppers to spend this Christmas season. The last couple of years, Christmas in China has been a huge money-making business, but this year, many are not feeling too merry about the season. This is traditionally one of the busiest times in China's economic calendar, as factories rush to export billions of dollars worth of goods made in China, most of which will...
  • Christians Grieve Death of Christopher Hitchens; Share Hopes for Deathbed Conversion

    12/18/2011 6:31:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2011 | Eryn Sun
    Christians everywhere have been responding in grief and sadness over the death of famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, who passed away late Thursday evening after a yearlong battle with esophageal cancer. From pastors to theologians alike, all expressed pain and sorrow over the recent news, which Vanity Fair was the first to announce. The magazine reported that Hitchens had died from pneumonia, a complication from his stage IV cancer. He was 62 years old. Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., tweeted, My friend Christopher Hitchens has died. I loved & prayed for him constantly & grieve...
  • A Bishop's Life in North Vietnam

    12/17/2011 3:23:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Bac Ninh Prelate Tells of Government Surveillance and Thousands of Youth Seeking the ChurchROME, DEC. 16, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Cosme Hong Van Dat of Bac Ninh, in North Vietnam, says he would not describe the Church of his homeland as a "persecuted Church." Yet he states with simplicity that he's sure the government watches his every move. The 64-year-old bishop's estimation of things is clearly marked by his simplicity and deep faith. His life as a bishop is simply a mission from Christ, he notes. Marie-Pauline Meyer for Where God Weeps in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need...
  • RIP Christopher Hitchens: Abortion survivor, post-abortive father, cognitively pro-life

    12/17/2011 1:46:09 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    JillStanek ^ | December 17, 2011 | Jill Stanek
    I say, “RIP,” sadly thinking Christopher Hitchens is not.The renowned liberal author and journalist died yesterday at the age of 62 following a short battle against esophageal cancer since summer 2010.Hitchens spent his latter years evangelizing atheism. So he wanted it known he would not convert to Christianity at the end, and if he did he really didn’t. From Causa Celsum: Hitchens suspected there would be rumors of a deathbed conversion – but even more he feared that he might actually call out to God. Speaking perhaps truer than he knew, he sought to give a preemptive strike against...
  • In-your-face atheists attempting new marketing strategy

    12/12/2011 12:41:21 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/12/2012 | Dianna M. Nanez
    Freddie Schineller is a hip-looking math professor with a salt-and-pepper goatee. His artist wife, Holly, has long blond hair and stays home to take care of their four kids, ages 8-12. The middle-class family lives in a modest Tempe home full of lots of love, noise and pets, including two dogs and a python named Monty. Their bookshelves hold works by Plato, Leo Tolstoy and Franz Kafka, as well as the Book of Mormon and a Bible. But Holly and Freddie don't believe in G0d. And, earlier this year, they decided it was time to "come out of the closet"...
  • N. Korea Warns Against Christmas Lights Near Border

    12/12/2011 6:46:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 12/10/11 | Agence France-Presse
    SEOUL North Korea warned South Korea on Sunday of "unexpected consequences" if Seoul displays Christmas lights near the tense border, and vowed to retaliate for what it called propaganda attempts. The South's defence ministry said earlier it was considering a request by a Seoul church group to put up Christmas lights on a steel tower atop a military-controlled hill near the border. The North's official website Uriminzokkiri called the plan "a mean attempt for psychological warfare" against the communist state and threatened to retaliate immediately when the lights are switched on. The 155-metre hill in the South, about three...
  • Is Christopher Hitchens about to convert? (Could he become a Christian?)

    12/10/2011 8:17:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/10/2011 | Mark Judge
    Its a possibility that doesnt seem laughable anymore. Hitchens, the celebrated British journalist, angry atheist and rou, has a very powerful piece in the January issue of Vanity Fair. Hitchens has been in Houston undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2010. In his essay, Hitchens rejects a popular aphorism attributed to Nietzsche: Whatever doesnt kill me makes me stronger. Hitchens had thought of the phrase at different points in his life where he narrowly escaped death experiences told well in his memoir Hitch-22. After enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatments that made swallowing unbearable and...
  • Why Atheists Celebrate Christmas

    12/04/2011 6:18:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/02/2010 | Stephanie Pappas
    They may not find much meaning in the birth of Jesus Christ, but many atheists embrace religious traditions such as churchgoing for the sake of the children, a new study finds. The research, which focused on atheist scientists, found that 17 percent of atheists in the study attended a religious service more than once a year. The atheists embraced religious traditions for social and personal reasons, they told the study researchers. "Our research shows just how tightly linked religion and family are in U.S. society so much so that even some of society's least religious people find religion to...
  • Even Richard Dawkins is Right Sometimes (Is the Biblical story of Adam and Eve a myth?)

    11/29/2011 12:32:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 417 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 11/28/2011 | Paul Wallace
    For the last several months there has been a flurry of discussionmostly online, of courseabout the impossibility of a literal Adam & Eve (see, e.g., here and here and here). This ruling-out has been accomplished recently by the Human Genome Project, which indicates that anatomically modern humans emerged from primate ancestors about 100,000 years ago, from a population of something like 10,000. In short, science has confirmed what many of us already knew: there was not a literal first couple. So what else can we learn from this story? Plenty, it turns out. Peter Enns, a biblical scholar who blogs...
  • Atheists launch campaign to get unbelievers to `come out

    11/26/2011 8:06:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/26/2011 | Kimberly Winston
    The young man in the video pulls in close to his computer camera with the trappings of a typical college dorm rooma loft bed and the clutter of cast-off clothespiled behind him. Alex Fiorentini isnt talking about girls, beer or football. Instead, its a coming-out moment of sorts. Is it acceptable to the majority of the population to be an atheist? he asks the camera. Nope. Are all of your friends going to accept you as an atheist? Probably not all of them. And yeah, those things are gonna suck. But the real question is, Is it OK to be...
  • Hear Evolutionists/Atheists Themselves on Evil & Ethics (like Rape for Instance)

    11/21/2011 9:46:01 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 89 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 11-21-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    A new audio added to my mix of videos in regards to evolutionary ethics and rape. Richard Dawkins in an honest moment.
  • Cosmic Origins - Trailer

    11/18/2011 6:23:25 PM PST · by firerosemom · 18 replies
    Magis Institute for Reason and Faith ^ | Spring 2012 release | Magis Institute for Reason and Faith
    There is extensive evidence from physics for a beginning and fine-tuning of the universe. When the complementary nature of these insights is seen, it provides compelling evidence for a transcendent, intelligent Creator. Cosmic Origins features eight world-class physicists talking about modern physics and God. They include Nobel Laureate Arno Penzias (who discovered the background radiation from the Big Bang); Templeton Prize winners John Polkinghorne (Cambridge) and Michael Heller (Vatican Observatory); Owen Gingerich (Harvard); Lisa Randall (Harvard); Jennifer Wiseman (NASA); and narrated by Stephen Barr (University of Delaware).
  • Being Human in an Age of Unbelief [Address of Archbishop Chaput at UPenn]

    11/08/2011 9:21:44 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Witherspoon Institute Public Discourse ^ | 11/8/11 | Charles J. Chaput
    <p>Four points in defense of human dignity. Adapted from an address delivered last night at the University of Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Most of my sources in this essay are not Catholic. That shouldnt be surprising. Catholics have no monopoly on respect for human dignity. Catholics do have a very long tradition of thinking about the nature of the human person and society, but Id like to begin by setting the proper framework for our discussion.</p>
  • Edgar Allan Poe and the Jesuits

    11/06/2011 5:01:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Patheos ^ | 10/31/11 | Pat McNamara
    On the eve of All Soul's Day, remembering a tortured soul who found consolation and companionship from a surprising quarter.Hear the tolling of the bells...Of the bells, bells, bells, bells -- Edgar Allan Poe, The BellsLiterary scholars still debate exactly whose bells are featured in Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem. Some say it was Grace Church in Manhattan. Others claim another Manhattan site, the Church of the Ascension. Another claim was made by Fordham University in the Bronx, not far from the three-room cottage where the ailing poet lived during his final years. Fordham alumni of a certain age once...
  • A little quiz for Richard Dawkins, super-duper Scripture scholar

    10/29/2011 3:42:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | October 29, 2011 | Carl Olson
    You may have heard that the illustrious Scripture scholar, Richard Dawkins (also known in some circles as Richard Dawkins, bedazzling philosopher, ahem), recently pronounced the following finding, based on years of, well, being a humility-challenged atheist:"Jesus was a great moral teacher," Dawkins said. "Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist if he had known what we know today."That's surely debatable, especially since it's not evident in the least that the sinless Son of God would be willing to sacrifice his perfect humility for a pot of prideful porridge made by the preening professor (Quick! Say that ten...
  • Christian Apologist Responds to Atheist Richard Dawkins Old Testament 'Genocide' Claim

    10/28/2011 9:53:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2011 | By Justin L. Ayoub
    Christian apologist William Craig has offered a response to atheist intellectual Richard Dawkins who called him "a deplorable apologist for genocide" in his column last week. In a speech at the Sheldonian Theater at Oxford University on Tuesday, Craig responded to Dawkins' allegations during the question and answer session. There was no racial war here, no command to kill them all, he said, alluding to extermination of the Canaanites in the Old Testament, the command was to drive them out. He then said: I would say that God has the right to give and take life as He sees fit....
  • The Lay Reform of Church and World

    10/12/2011 6:56:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    First Things ^ | 11/12/11 | George Weigel
    Two volumes recently published by Encounter Books address key issues in the New Evangelization. The first, Marcello Peras Why We Must Call Ourselves Christians, is another effort by a distinguished public intellectual to call our civilization back to its foundational senses. Pera, a philosopher of science, is also an Italian legislator who served for several years as president of the Italian Senate. During his tenure as Italys third-ranking public official, he co-authored a book with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Without Roots, in which Pera, the secular philosopher, and Ratzinger, the Churchs principal theologian, found a remarkable degree of agreement on the...
  • 'Jesus Appeared on My Nintendo,' Maryland Woman Claims

    10/03/2011 7:37:47 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 123 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | September 28, 2011 | Luiza Oleszczuk
    A 24-year-old woman from Maryland claims the Savior has appeared on the Nintendo set she bought on eBay. Brittany Wampler spotted the image of Jesus Christ on top of one of the two newly purchased Nintendo sets she received from an eBbay seller, she told Kotaku, an online publication covering the gaming industry. "We were inspecting it for cracks/damage and when we turned it just right into the light, the image showed up," she told Kotaku. "Our reaction was mainly curiousity [sic] at first. Then as we looked at it closer and ruled out what it couldn't be, we began...
  • Politics and the bugnut Christians

    10/02/2011 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 2, 2011 | By Penn Jillette
    Because I wrote a book with "Atheist" in the subtitle and I go on political TV shows to hawk that book, well-groomed meat puppets frequently ask me why politicians like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are saying bugnutty Christian stuff. I have an idea why these politicians have gone all religious, but I haven't found a way to explain it in a sound bite, which is why I'm writing this. I think the whole problem comes down to the word "Christian" and what it has come to mean in my lifetime. Christian used to be a throwaway word. People didn't...