Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Has Christianity been disproven by science, debunked as a force for good, and discredited as a guide to morality? Do the atheists have it right?
Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza looks at Christianity with a questioning eye, but treats atheists with equal skepticism; he challenges the assumptions of both believers and doubters, and affirms that there really is, indeed, something great about Christianity- Grace Cathedral
A New York Times bestselling author, Dinesh D'Souza, the President of The King's College in NYC, has had a distinguished 25 year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as an Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Rishwain Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor's Business Daily, he quickly became a major influence on public policy through his writings. In 2008 D'Souza released the book, What's So Great About Christianity, the comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. Consequently he has gone on to debate atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Shermer.
Rev. Alan Jones
Alan Jones, Ph.D., has been dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco since 1985.
Jones was formerly the director of the Center for Christian Spirituality and Stephen F. Bayne Professor of Ascetical Theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City. Born and educated in England, Jones was also on the staff of Trinity Institute of Wall Street's Trinity Church. He became a citizen of the United States in 1975.
Jones is the author of several books, most notably, Soul Making, The Desert Way of Spirituality, Passion for Pilgrimage and most recently, The Soul's Journey: Exploring the Three Passages of the Spiritual Life with Dante as a Guide. He is widely known as a gifted preacher and travels throughout the world preaching, lecturing, and leading retreats.
Author Dinesh D'Souza examines the implications of evolutionary theory on modern Christianity.
D'Souza believes evolution gives modern atheists reason to participate in a "liberation from traditional, or external morality," treating religious codes of conduct as human devices, not merely handed down from the cosmos.
Religion stemming from the teachings of Jesus in the 1st century AD. Its sacred scripture is the Bible, particularly the New Testament. Its principal tenets are that Jesus is the Son of God (the second person of the Holy Trinity), that God's love for the world is the essential component of his being, and that Jesus died to redeem humankind. Christianity was originally a movement of Jews who accepted Jesus as the messiah, but the movement quickly became predominantly Gentile. The early church was shaped by St. Paul and other Christian missionaries and theologians; it was persecuted under the Roman Empire but supported by Constantine I, the first Christian emperor. In medieval and early modern Europe, Christian thinkers such as St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther contributed to the growth of Christian theology, and beginning in the 15th century missionaries spread the faith throughout much of the world. The major divisions of Christianity are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. Nearly all Christian churches have an ordained clergy, members of which are typically though not universally male. Members of the clergy lead group worship services and are viewed as intermediaries between the laity and the divine in some churches. Most Christian churches administer two sacraments, baptism and the Eucharist. In the early 21st century there were more than two billion adherents of Christianity throughout the world, found on all continents.
I don't claim to know what is it to be a "true" Christian, but he's got some bad reasons in there. D'Souza sounds intellectual but he's got tons of bizarre reasons that I don't really understand the Christian value system. He says that the Portuguese invading India and brutally converting people was good. Sure, I wouldn't be born if World War 2 never happened but that doesn't say that World War 2 was a good thing.
And it was good because it brought Western values and technology to India. That seems to contradict their complaints that science and technology is the cause of the decline of religion.
Here is another water boy for the right trotting out the same crap we always hear. Moral decay is the only outcome from rationalityand only religons offer meaning and value. He completly ignores any fact that it is the religious and corporate right who are attacking reason and freedom. It is terribly sad for us all that they have figured out bashing education and reason is the most profitable and infulentian course they can use to steer public opinion. "You can't prove there is no afterlife" is his argument against reason- awesome thinking if your 5 years old.
[First: This new Fora.tv sucks. The video stars again when you click on comments.]
On the after-life belief endanger our actual life.
Whatever is you belief, when it come to a crowd, at least the self-preservation instinct always speaks louder.
Let's image a gathering of thousands of Christians. Out nowhere comes a huge fire. How may will try escape, even beveling in after-life concept ? Most of them, I think. When comes to pure and simple survival, the man always run away and let the weekend free to worship the God who hosts the after-life place.
Actually the danger of after-life concept is becoming clear right now. In a world when most peoples believe a final war will end the word. It's getting more and more difficult see reasons to prevent and stop such war, coz these are have been seeing as signs of divine.
The reason of life without god.
Well. This is the part when you grow up. There's no standard reason. Each on of us make our own, choose our own reason.
Could you give me a to-do list of things you'll like to do and see in you first five billions of years in eternity.
What's the point of live or exist forever ?
When I was a kid, the older kids on the block (me included) had fun tricking the younger kids into believing that we were catching ghosts that they couldn't see. We even tricked them into giving us money to catch the ghosts in their basements.
People in positions of authority are playing the same trick with religion (whether they know it or not).
First and foremost, evolution-- like God-- is an idea .
If God is dead, and for many a millenia, the greatest minds believed in God, then evolution shall perish in the name of a new creation idea. The preponderance of proof (whether bones or bibles) is not a verdict beyond a shadow of a doubt. Proof is reproducible. Art is one-of-a-kind.
The consciousness of science claims proof as its almighty mantra but it falls short when it discusses evolution because all of its proof is circumstantial. It fits in the puzzle because the puzzle was cut out from their imaginations. But, evolve a chimpanzee into a human. Go ahead, do it.
They claim to know the process of creation but they cannot use it like the law of gravity to make things happen. It is beyond the scientist's control.
The sphere of Creation has had many flags dug into it to claim that flag's consciousness as the reacher of the mystery of the world. Science has evolution and Abrahamic religions have God. The attempts have been noble, but perhaps the Creation always was. And always will be. That is, the premise is wrong.
There was no creation.