I know that I haven’t been writing a lot on this little bit of web space that I can call my own. It’s a habit that I would like to cultivate again, but it seems that the myriad of life events has taken my focus off of blogging and into the culture as I know it. It’s not a bad place to be, but there is something to putting thoughts on paper and sharing them with the culture of the web that is unique in a sense and allows for deeper introspection.
As I sit down to write a sort of introduction to a series of writing, I’m pressed to pray for the hurt and the sufferings of the people that I would call my family. Death, sickness, abuse, complacency and a host of other griefs continually plague society, causing pain both physical and emotional. My prayer is that we as Christians are pressed deeper into the gospel as we joyfully engage life’s events, whether its in a time of suffering or abundance.
We know that you are the great I AM, the immutable definition of love.
You are the giver of grace and the faith that justifies and sanctifies,
and we at times forget our place in this fallen world.
Father, forgive us of our trespasses, our feeble attempts to be you.
Break us free from the bondage of slavery that is our flesh, and shower your grace upon us.
Focus our eyes on our Redeemer and Hope, the Guide through the valley’s and the mountains.
Let us not forget that we are never alone, that the great Shepard is always watching, feeding and tending to His flock.
We are but children to the Father, dependent in all aspects of our lives.
Glorify yourself through us Lord, providing the strength that we need in times of desperation and the strength that we need in times blessing.
Point our hearts towards the Gate, who is the Provider and the ultimate Comforter.
Interacting with Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”
As I was sitting, looking through my Amazon account for the next piece of literature that I might consume, I stumbled across this book placed interestingly enough in the “religion” section. It’s an interesting experience when you come across a piece of literature that is diametrically opposed to your beliefs and you have the strongest of sensations to engage it. Admittedly, there was a part of me that wanted to interact with the material to develop an argument, a counter point to Mr. Dawkins work. Briefly, I imagined writing a book, similar to the point/counter-point literature that has fueled much of the academic work throughout history. My mind quickly snapped back into whatever reality I was in and refocused on the why I would read this particular book. After some prayer and thought, here is why I will engage this text.
- We live in a world that largely hates God and/or the idea of God. Dawkins articulates a world view that is pervasive. It benefits the missionary to know.
- It’s a challenging read, to know deeply that God is real and to wrap your mind around the other side. Christians tend to run to dogmatic, programmatic language when faced with difficult conversation. Shortly, it strengthens our faith.
- It forces me to not rely on my personal theologically linguistic constructs as a means to discuss the topic of God with an atheist. How can I discuss the doctrine of atonement with someone who thinks God is a “mystic child abuser.”
- It opens up conversation with atheists. Especially, the well read ones.
- It teaches Church history from a different view point. Obviously, the Church missed the mark during the time of Christendom. Dawkins, is quick to discuss how “religion” has been a driving point for much of the bloodshed in history. (I will flesh this out later, as I think the issue is deeper than that.)
So my prayer as I start this journey is that my biases are placed on the cross and that the Holy Spirit works deeply within my heart to show me what he has for me. It will be an interesting journey, considering I’ve already started to repent of the pride that is being sanctified in my heart.