Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Clashing with aethiests
In the last 2-3 weeks I have had strong headed confrontations with aethiests, who seem to come my way by pity or friendship. Some can be naturally forgiven since I have known them since my late teens. Others, are Hollywood transients or strongholds - one a well known literary figure in L.A., another a hairdresser. They seem righteous and passionate about their cause, to be separated from the body of Christ because they have looked at Christians who have let them down over history and amassed images in their head that all Christians are not genuine, but party spoilers or crepe hangers. It seems that most aethiests dont really want to pick apart scripture or recognize the role of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the historical context. Only science is valid and they won't recognize the form of interpretive and theological knowledge that derives from great thinkers as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, even Hobbes and others who pondered religion. They discount the whole impact and influence of Christianity - Christ as the individual savior, the prophets, the foreshadowing, the critical conflicts between man vs. man, man vs. God, and broken down into minute parts like Irish vs. English and how religious conflict has played out. What is at the source of this friction? My radio show will give you some answers.