Here are the lastest Dis-course seminars. In them I explore the theory and practice of Atheism for Lent,
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I understand the importance of being able to be critiqued; I totally agree that this is important for us to allow for ourselves. I also agree that our belief’s become, or can become simply a crutch to help maintain familiarity so that we don’t ever have to deal with ourselves or with real issues and how this way of living can become destructive – yes. Or religion within this can be destructive or stagnant…
But, I also shared the question that had been posed at the end concerning whether this should be done only within certain maturity levels? I think you shared that it is important to do this within a group or amongst others, seeing that it can be a very traumatic experience to undergo – and I agree along those lines, although that is not always how it happens – but ideally it would be a better transition being amongst other’s on a similar journey.
But I still wonder, if something must come before this, like groundwork? In the teaching you did at Rob Bell’s church, you mentioned something about how our parents set up for us as children a false sense of who we are, and that this is necessary (like allowing us to win at games lifting our confidence, etc) but that this becomes a problem when we continue in a false reality. So along those lines, do we have this in Christianity also? Do we have a time when we are in that sort of stage? For some reason I’m reminded of that passage in Romans, not sure if it’s relevant…but where it says “Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.” (Romans 7:9) – it just makes me wonder if it is a similar experience, like we are first alive apart from the full critique, alive and then die.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I totally agree that at some level we need to face reality, be critiqued, I just am not sure that you do this first – ?
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“Here are the lastest Dis-course seminars. In them I explore the theory and practice of Atheism for Lent,”
I like every much for you to do a piece in less than a thousand words on exactly the topic, “Theory and Practice of Atheism,” from the standpoint of atheists like Dawkins and his colleagues.
What is their theory and what is their practice, and do they gibe?
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Here is a little taster of the content from my new book The Idolatry of God which has just be released in the UK and US
This is an interview I did with Drew Marshall. Steve Stockman is first up and then I join in the conversation.
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