Needed: More Smart Christians

Don’t believe for a second that ideas and education don’t matter. Dawkins and friends are “coming out” as atheists… with a vengeance. Al Mohler blogged about it here.

As far as subjective impressions allow and in the admitted absence of rigorous data, I am persuaded that the religiosity of America is greatly exaggerated. Our choir is a lot larger than many people realise. Religious people still outnumber atheists, but not by the margin they hoped and we feared…. Moreover, even if the religious have the numbers, we have the arguments, we have history on our side, and we are walking with a new spring in our step – you can hear the gentle patter of our feet on every side.

Our choir is large, but much of it remains in the closet. Our repertoire may include the best tunes, but too many of us are mouthing the words sotto voce with head bowed and eyes lowered. It follows that a major part of our consciousness-raising effort should be aimed, not at converting the religious but at encouraging the non-religious to admit it – to themselves, to their families, and to the world. This is the purpose of the OUT campaign.

Sounds to me like, as they walk past with their “I’m a militant atheist” shirts, they’ll receive, with time, the same indifferent response of “Congratulations, you’re an atheist” from passers by. But, make no mistake, ideas matter. And we need more intelligent Christians, able to carry on meaningful conversation and engage culture.

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