I posted some thoughts on Twitter this past week concerning atheists, and their opinions about Christians. I wrote things like this (from the book, “Is God a Moral Monster?”): “Yet he [atheist Jurgen Habermas] highlights the inescapable historical fact that biblical faith was the profound influence in shaping civilization.”
Suddenly I was assailed by a plethora of prejudicial pejoratives from an amalgam of atheists. One guy totally denied history. He was unwilling to admit that people like, William Wilberforce, Florence Nightingale, Dante’, John Milton, J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Flannery O’Connor, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Jonathan Edwards, Aquinas, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Newton, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, Faraday, Kelvin, Boyle, Lavoisier, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Haydn, et al were even Christians, and if they were, it was easier for them because they were wealthy. And besides, everyone was religious back then, so says he.
Unbelievable. I hope that when we believers are called into account for our beliefs, we will be willing to discuss things in a sane way.
We can’t, and neither can others, change history with a cursory nod of forgetfulness. When we are wrong…we are wrong. They asked me about the “pastor” in Florida who burned the Koran…nut case. No defense. What about the “Baptist” (it’s really not a baptist church, but rather an ingrown family gathering of a few) church that calls homosexuals names, and protests at funerals? Idiots. No defense.
Actually there is no defense, nor excuse for idiocy, ignorance, and pure moronic behavior. When it is associated with Christ, with the Church, we need to admit that it is a shame and disgrace to the cause of Christ.
Maybe if we are honest, and own up to our mistakes, miscues, and maladies, those that disagree with us will enter the discussion wanting to understand, instead of being on a mission to slam.