Why are you so adamant in your opposition to secular humanism? Is it because you realize that you christians have lost the so-called “culture war” and that christianity is on the way out as the primary cultural influence in the West? The eradication of Christianity in educated circles is one of the most positive cultural trends of the past few centuries; once freed from the smothering grip of christian morality, the arts and sciences flourished. I eagerly await the day that christianity is eliminated from the face of the earth. Then perhaps we will be free from the sort of drivel you publish on this website.
— A. L., Nashville TN (USA)
Ed. note: Is he serious? Science first flourished in the culture of Christian Europe, because of the belief in an orderly Creator who had made the universe and given mankind dominion over creation. See how most of the founders of modern science were creationists. And as for the arts, has the critic never seen the wonderful paintings and sculptures inspired by Christian themes, by artists such as Michelangelo and Rembrandt, or heard the majestic music of Vivaldi and Bach, or Handel’s Messiah, to name but a few?
Conversely, how can art or science be logically deduced from the secular humanist credo ‘God does not exist’? And we can certainly imagine that Christian morality, e.g. ‘do not murder’, ‘do not steal’, etc. is ‘smothering’ to murderers and thieves, but most people would be grateful for it! Just remember the brutality in countries which did try to abolish Christianity as AL desires, e.g. the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Albania, Cuba, etc.
I read with sadness the article, “The Slippery Slide to Unbelief,” which highlighted the former evangelist, Charles Templeton's rejection of the Christian faith.
In the articile you quoted Templeton's choice of rejection in his statement, "[the] entire resurrection story is not credible." As a result of his rejection the unfortunate results are a hope that has died and an absence of peace and joy enacted by power of the Holy Spirit upon his life (See I Peter 1:3,4 and Romans 15:13).
Let us all pray that his heart may be broken by the love of the saints and that we would rejoice over one sheep that has returned on the shoulders of our Great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.
Editor's note: We, at AiG, are many times also saddened by responses we receive at seminars and via e-mail. We are challenged by the words of Christ and are committed to pray for our enemies that their hearts would be opened to a saving knowledge of our loving Creator.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44, KJV)