There seems to be a growing consensus around the globe that godlessness is in trouble. "Atheism as a theoretical position is in decline worldwide," Munich theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg told United Press International Tuesday.
Especially among the youth.
Two developments are plaguing atheism these days. One is that it appears to be losing its scientific underpinnings. The other is the historical experience of hundreds of millions of people worldwide that atheists are in no position to claim the moral high ground.When did they ever have the moral high ground? Moral? Where does Atheism get its morals from? I'm just an ignorant Christian. I guess I can't figure it out.
"Atheism, which people have tried to for hundreds of years as 'the ways of reason and science,' is proving to be mere irrationality and ignorance."Yea, what he said. Both of 'em.
As British philosopher Anthony Flew, once as hard-nosed a humanist as any, mused when turning his back on his former belief: It is, for example, impossible for evolution to account for the fact than one single cell can carry more data than all the volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica put together.
For although in every major European city except Paris spirituality is booming, according to Zulehner, this only proves the emergence of a diffuse belief system, Pannenberg said, but not the revitalization of traditional Christian religious faith.Paris. France. Big surprise. Define "traditional." Sloppy, lazy writing. I don't belong to a "traditional" Church, but I'm not a
Pannenberg, a Lutheran, praised the Roman Catholic Church for handling this peril more wisely than many of his fellow Protestants. "The Catholics stick to the central message of Christianity without making any concessions in the ethical realm," he said, referring to issues such as same-sex "marriages" and abortion.I'm not a Catholic, but he is right. People seeking faith, salvation, and spiritual meaning in their lives are looking for a firm rock to anchor themselves to, not a lump of room-temp lime jello. I was lost for most of my adult life because of a lump of jello denomination. Thank goodness I have found a rock.
In a similar vain, Zulehner, a Catholic, sees Christianity's greatest opportunity when its message addresses two seemingly irreconcilable quests of contemporary humanity - the quest for freedom and truth. "Christianity alone affirms that truth and God's dependability are inseparable properties to which freedom is linked."Another home run. Freedom.
Hmmmm. One thing missing from this article; it weighs about 800 pounds, is dark, and seems to be a primate.
ISLAM. With all that is going on in the world, no mention of ISLAM. ARRRGHHHHHH!!! Sloppy writing. Ball-less, weak, lilly livered editor, limp iceberg lettuce writing.
That being said, let's give credit where credit is due.
"The great world religions are best placed," he said. As a distant second he sees the diffuse forms of spirituality. Atheism, he insisted, will come in at the tail end.I'll put my money on that.