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Atheist Evangelism

I’m kind of curious about this article.  The Times is notorious for taking anecdotal evidence and turning it into a trend, so I’m not reading too much into this.  But I do agree that atheism in general has been more “evangelistic” recently.  For example, see the well-known slate of books from atheist authors like Hitchens and Dawkins.

It seems that the new atheists are looking for some community:

More than ever, America’s atheists are linking up and speaking out — even here in South Carolina, home to Bob Jones University, blue laws and a legislature that last year unanimously approved a Christian license plate embossed with a cross, a stained glass window and the words “I Believe” (a move blocked by a judge and now headed for trial).

They are connecting on the Internet, holding meet-ups in bars, advertising on billboards and buses, volunteering at food pantries and picking up roadside trash, earning atheist groups recognition on adopt-a-highway signs.

Why all the desire for connections?  Actually, it’s human nature.  We like community.  But that points to something important.  We were made for community by the creator.  God has eternally enjoyed fellowship within the Trinity.  He made us in His image, and our desire is to enjoy fellowship as well – with God, and with each other.

So even as atheists doubt or deny God’s existence, they seem to be exhibiting traits that show his existence.  Obviously, though, they would not agree!

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