Atheist Stephen Fry, an actor and comedian, was asked what he’d say to God. Watch his powerful answer.
Stephen Fry’s Questions for God
After asking Fry about God, the interviewer gets more than he bargained for. Stephen’s response is only a few minutes, but it’s worth pondering deeply—for atheists and Christians.
What do you think of Fry’s take on God?
Numerology in Genesis 1
BioLogos published a great article by the late Conrad Hyers, a gifted theologian. Consider his conclusion:
Those, therefore, who would attempt to impose a literal reading of numbers upon Genesis, as if the sequence of days was of the same order as counting sheep or merchandise or money, are offering a modern, secular interpretation of a sacred text—in the name of religion. And, as if this were not distortion enough, they proceed to place this secular reading of origins in competition with other secular readings and secular literatures: scientific, historical, mathematical, technological. Extended footnotes are appended to the biblical texts on such extraneous subjects as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, radiometric dating, paleontology, sedimentation, hydrology, etc. These are hardly the issues with which Genesis is concerning itself, or is exercised over.
Hyers’s article is wonderful, and it shows why Genesis 1 does not teach that the earth is young. Do yourself a favor and read it. It will teach you new things about how Genesis 1 uses numbers.
Interviewing an Ex-Priest about God
Religion Dispatches published an exchange with Daniel C. Maguire, a former priest, about his new book: Christianity Without God. Maguire summarizes his transition from devout priest to atheist author:
I started out as the absolute true believer. I believed everything the Vatican taught. One of the things that helped me was working in a parish. I started to meet real people and to discover that some of the things I had just gotten good grades on were dead wrong.
When you do realize that something is wrong in a system that you thought was airtight, your first impulse is to say, “Well that was the only thing wrong. They were wrong on birth control, but the rest of the structure is fine. God, Jesus, everything else is fine.”
But you’ve been shaken at the foundations and you’re more open to finding more problems in the system. So it was a progressive thing that moved me toward atheism. I finally decided with this book to spell it out in detail.
What do you think of Maguire’s comments?
98% of Scientists Accept Human Evolution; Only 65% of American Adults Agree
New data from Pew Research Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) revealed this disparity. For more information on the report, and other areas where scientists and U.S. adults disagree, click here.