Back in the Saddle

Good morning to all.

All apologies for my delinquency in blogging. I’ve been in California for the Pepperdine Bible Lectures and a bit of vacation. So,

First things first. Today is the day that the Lord has made, because Jason Castro is coming back to Dallas. Loving it. I can totally live with the final 3. Wish Carly was there…but I’m content.

Harsh_bumper_stickerNow, on to more serious matters. I was in Solvang, California recently and came across a car littered with anti-Christian bumper stickers. This isn’t completely unique to California, but it does seem as though sentiments . I snapped a cell phone pic of one (shown above). The others were bizarre, as well.

While I understand that not everyone is a fan of Christians and that to some extent we are entitled to freedom of speech, I have noted an increasing animosity of the "new atheists"… those of the Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins variety. Books questioning basic Christian beliefs have gone from "Why I am not a Christian" (Bertrand Russell) to "The God Delusion" and "God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything."

Why this rise in animosity?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I understand the position of the new atheists, but not the rabid intensity of their position. My question has less to do with whether or not it’s reasonable to be an atheist given the historical and present behavior of Christians than it has to do with the intensity of the belief that leads the “new atheists” to a similar lack of civility to that of the Christians they malign.
    It would also be true to say that plenty of atheists have started wars, and been guilty of some of history’s worst crimes…sometimes. Stalin is but one of many examples.
    Nevertheless, if the behavior of people is the moral grid by which we judge the integrity of one’s religion, race, or gender, we’re all doomed. It would lead me to believe that none is valid (including atheism), we’re all useless and fundamentally evil. I just don’t believe that…the framework or such a conclusion about the human person.

  2. Well, second to the pope, George Bush is our second most notable leader of the faith. And, for the most part, he was elected (and is still supported) by Christians. And hey: that nearly pushes me to atheism.
    What Hitchens and these guys point out (with some historical myopia) is that religious figures tend to feel more certain about their judgments on political violence. *enter terrorists, Bush, crusaders, Spaniards of the inquisition, conquistadors etc. etc* That is scary. Especially if the cross is a normative ethic for all Christians in a political sense (enter Catholics and anabaptist movement).

  3. I recently read a terribly negative review of Ben Stein’s movie EXPELLED. The reviewer wrote:
    “If you have a losing hand, you’re going to use every amount of rhetoric you can to distract people from the fact that you don’t have any facts.”
    Of course, the level of vitriol and venom in his review made me wonder who he thought had the losing hand.

  4. Glad your back in TX Tim. I hope and pray the Lectures at Pepperdine went well.
    About animosity, it’s anybodies guess. I’m currently reading The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey and read two chapters where he talked about the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. It most certainly was offensive to many people who first heard the sermon. And people still do.
    Glad your back. Love reading your blog. God bless you Tim.

  5. Some of their venom is deserved, even if Christians don’t deserve to be generalized any more than any other group deserves it. Some Christians have been and continue to be unwilling to have intelligent conversation with anyone believing differently, including other Christians. Women who have had abortions, homosexuals, pregnant teenagers, and other groups have been mistreated in their most vulnerable moments.
    As I said, this isn’t universally true, but Christianity could definitely use some more ambassadors who come as compassionate witnesses to the truth that underlies and motivates their compassion.
    I don’t like their alternative, of course. Just because Christians are poor ambassadors does not mean we are hopeless and a bunch of liars. Would it be fair to say that Wicca hasn’t had any “wars” in part because they don’t believe enough in anything to see something worth defending?