Archive for September, 2011

Piety by any other name wouldn’t sound as sweet

Let’s watch this preacher drag out the humanist whipping boys again.

MEET ME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS EXCERPT.

“..Home Community Beat Religion .Hearth and Home: Guidelines to Marriage and Family
‘Precepts for Biblical Parenting’

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 5:00 am

Hearth and Home: Guidelines to Marriage and Family Rick Finney, Associate Pastor: Counseling and Seniors Ministry – Calvary Baptist Church, Show Low White Mountain Independent | 0 comments

“In the parenting of children it is important to recognize the cultural war going on between Christianity and secular humanism. This will often prove to be the greatest battle parents face as they prepare their children to become adults who can successfully navigate their way through this world. As the relationships within the family continue to deteriorate and the very structures of society are continually decimated one must listen carefully to the remedies offered by the humanists.

“In systematically removing the canon of Scripture as given in the Holy Bible, a new canon has taken shape as the alternative hope, a canon of absolute destruction which seeks to abolish anything having to do with absolute truth and morality. Nearly all things formerly considered as taboo are now established in favor of one taboo alone. Absolute moral standards instituted by God and revealed in Scripture are now the taboo of popular choice.

“Just mention the existence of absolute truth and see what happens. Society at large has adopted not only the situational ethics philosophy but worse than that, the humanist culture tends towards the no holds barred approach to life.

“Anything goes is the new way, with the one exception, that God must be forsaken. In seeking to advance the state of humanity by replacing God with man, the humanist agenda falls directly into the plot of Satan to destroy everything God has declared as good. With no absolutes, everything is relative including the sanctity of life itself. This norm is very effective in placing man over God when it comes to the basic foundation of civilized life. Consider the following trends. Divorce is not only an acceptable practice carrying no taboos any longer, but it is available on demand for any cause or for no cause at all.”

 

I see you mentioned the name of Jesus Christ, but I don’t feel the love in your diatribe. You sound to me like you have a more Old Testament orientation. Are you and your congregation stoning sinners that, for instance, work on Sunday? I hope you’re not considering any moral relativism on this issue.

You must have gotten the memo–since you know the name of Jesus, but did you miss the fact that he humanized that old time religion?

I could wallow on and on in your misery. Or we could talk about the 85% of the U.S. population that claims to be Christian–maybe they had a hand in making this country what it is. Or we could talk about Rick Warren’s canned speech of a week or so ago that the country isn’t going humanist anytime soon– he laid this nonsequitor on a post by the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard that was as uplifting and as spiritual as anything I’ve heard from the lips of a preacher of the gospel–and it had no mention of a humanist uprising.

Come to think of it, I hear more of this sort of belittlement of the human spirit from God’s own. I’m in a longer term effort to try to shake off your version of hate–and especially not reflect it. In a world of cultural and moral relativism, you are probably a well-meaning sort. Someone who generally wishes the best for another human being.

I think we might find more commonality in focusing on the humanity that unites us than the religions that divide us. I think rather than humanists over-running your country, you may find your liberal and moderate brethren stepping out of your shadow and forging a positive vision for the future of humanity.

September 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

POST SCRIPT to a CHRISTIAN NATION Excerpt: ebook coming out in 2012

 

POST SCRIPT to a CHRISTIAN NATION 

foreword

 

We are all just people, you and I.  Not so very different—believers and nonbelievers.  For the most part we all have hopes, fears, and dreams.  Most of the time, we just hope for life to be better for everyone. 

We nonbelievers are afraid you don’t know us for who we are.  We’ve been reticent to speak out.  You might be glad of that.  But that isn’t what’s best for both or either of us.

Our relationship with society has been one-sided.   We’ve been more than kind.  We’ve not been critical of all the events and meetings you start with an observance of your religion.  We don’t complain too much about your slogans on our money or your 1954 insertion of “under God” in a pledge of allegiance that should have been for all of us. 

We think it is worth it for both of us to seek some parity in our relationship especially when you look at the hell that’s been arrived at recently in the hand basket of politics—the overblown vitriol in the reporting of real and imagined offenses has escalated the Left versus the Right to the brink of violence.  Let me assure you, we will neither consider nor suggest Second Amendment solutions, but rather only First Amendment solutions.  We hope that goes for you, too.

 We’re genuinely worried about the nonbelievers of this generation and the next.  We don’t want them to suffer in silence the way we had to.   We can develop a sense of kinship, a commonality with religion. You can help with that.  We can find that union where religion intersects humanism or other faiths or philosophies, where a common path leads to the ennobling of the human spirit.  Where self and society can call upon each other to grow, to ascend further for the greater common good and the benefit and improvement of both.

If something on that high road beckons to you, call out to us.  We may sometimes be weak in that area.  We must help each other if we don’t want to be seduced to the low road of negative action and reaction.  It’s not impossible in this increasingly charged atmosphere that a few crazed radicals could spark violence that could spin out of control.  That would more likely be from your side given human history.

Ultimately, we should dwell not on the beliefs that divide us, we’ll find that everywhere, rather, we should focus on the humanity that unites us.

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September 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm 3 comments


Hello

I write for agnostics, freethinkers, atheists and humanists. In my nonfiction, the purpose is the celebration of our noble human spirit. The general pursuit may be Evolutionary Theology, though believers seem to populate that field (so maybe it's evolutionary Humanism). By looking at who we are and where we came from, we can derive much meaning, and perhaps more importantly, understanding, as well as some sense of where we could go.

Religion is God’s Way of Showing Us it’s Earlier in Human Evolution than We Thought

This title is an upcoming book at the publisher's now. I'd like feedback on this title. It's meant to make people think and feel something. And to hint at things for both believers and non- on multiple levels. The book is of a wider scope, though, one which is ultimately a way to grasp more meaning for ourselves. Believers are always telling us our lives don't have meaning without a god. We often counter that it's more meaningful to be looking for our own meaning than to be arbitrarily ascribed it by an imaginary supernatural being. Ultimately, and this is what I think is unique about this book, you'll see how we can be just as spiritual in our own way. Since we've inhertited a capacity for religion (some more than others) as an evolutionary adaptation, believers and non- are both potentially spritual in the same way--but it is an earthly, secular spirituality in which we all can share.