On June 4, a few thousand atheists gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., for an event they dubbed the “Reason Rally.” Due to health reasons, Richard Dawkins could not be there in person to address the audience, but he did send a video message, the transcript of which has been passed around at...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
My dialogue with Steven was getting intense. Each lunch we’d meet and hash out issue after issue that divide Catholics and Protestants.
Sometimes our talks got heated, and we went away angry at each other. Steven was a smart guy—smarter than I—so I just wanted him to be able to see the truth of Catholicism.
If I could just hit the right argument or response, I knew he’d be able to. I told a Catholic friend about our discussions, and he asked me, “Have you been praying regularly...
As many saints have testified, and many Christians affirm, the life of prayer is not a piece of cake. It’s hard work. It requires great effort to keep a prayer routine in the midst our daily activities. It can also be a very humbling experience to be faced with God’s silence in response to our prayer, realizing our requests are sometimes not in accord with his will.
Some choose a life without prayer, because it doesn’t seem reasonable to them to pray in the first place. Questions...
There are a couple things I can appreciate about the “Who designed the Designer?” argument.
Although it is rooted in a caricature of the kalam cosmological argument’s first premise ("Whatever begins to exist has a cause"), it is a positive argument for atheism, and it does attempt to deal with the God hypothesis in the only arena where God’s existence may be decisively confirmed or refuted: the arena of philosophy.
Some people mistakenly think the King James Version of the Bible (KJV), with its eloquent thee’s and thou’s, is the original version. But the Bible was not written in seventeenth-century Old English. More than 1,500 years earlier, the New Testament was written in ancient Greek; and long before that the Old Testament was written in ancient Hebrew, along with some Aramaic and Greek (the Old...