“When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality. For the latter is not self-evident… Christianity is a system.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche (Atheist Nihilist)
Recently a video clip of an interview with atheist comedian, writer, and activist Stephen Fry has been making the rounds on Facebook and, I assume, other social media. On Facebook alone on just one of the pages that shared it, the video has (as of now) 9.5 million views 173,374 shares, has 16 thousand comments, and 75 thousand “likes” in the 8 days since August 19th. Clearly, the interview struck a chord with many people. Why?
In the video, which is a clip from the show “The Meaning of Life” with Gay Byrne on Irish TV, Fry is posed the question of how he would react if he comes face to face with God when he dies. One might naturally expect the answer to such a question to be “Oops.” Or perhaps one might echo Bertrand Russell’s famous “Not enough evidence, God. Not enough evidence!”, which is how Richard Dawkins responded when asked that same question.
I found a small, tattered little book on top of the old organ at church this evening. It was only about the size of a 3×5 index card and about an inch thick. Its brown fabric cover was worn to the point where I couldn’t read the title on the binding, so I opened it at random, and read:
My iPod is getting old. It is from the first generation of video iPod’s that came out, with 30 GB of storage. When I first got my iPod I could listen for hours and hours on end, but now, in its aged and decrepit state, I can only listen for a few minutes before the battery gives out. It doesn’t matter how long I let it charge, I can’t even get one song to play all the way through. I pretty much just leave it plugged into the car charger and only use it in my car now. Continue reading
Have you ever noticed that some things are easier to trust God with than others? It’s natural that we each have our own strong and weak points in our faith. What is a point of natural trust for some people is a point of natural doubt for others. As an example, some people more naturally trust God with their relationships than with their finances. Others are the exact opposite. Continue reading
Foretold as the one with power to vanquish the Dark Lord, the Chosen One entered this world as a baby and narrowly escaped the death sentence of the evil tyrant bent on his destruction. And so he became the boy who lived, even as he lived under the specter of death. Continue reading
Love. Everyone wants it, and everyone hates to lose it once they have it. Love is the primary virtue praised by our culture today, mentioned ubiquitously in movies, songs, books, and magazines. Is there anyone who seriously doubts the importance of love? But for all of the attention and “love” that love receives, how many people really understand what love is? Continue reading
This ship is sinking – so they say.
If I hurry I can reach the lifeboats.
They must be speaking figuratively; it’s only an analogy.
But who gave reactionaries the right to rain on my parade?
Their narrow-mindedness appalls me, who are they to say what I must do?
I’ll find my own way to live; I’d rather just emote.