In 2014, as it was in 2013 “atheism was more studied, and better understood, than ever before.” We’ve seen an explosion of media: Podcasts, Web Shows, Blogs, Social Media Groups and Pages, Memes… The World’s first and only TV channel dedicated exclusively to superstition-free programming. “Woo-Free TV” and Atheist TV.
Richard Dawkins Tweets, Neil deGrasse Tyson Tweets, “Cosmos”, and Dawkins again with Lawrence Krauss “The Unbelievers”. Moving to the the exact opposite, Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas” auspiciously rated Worst Movie on IMDB.
We had 2 major Atheist Books hit the Best Selling List: Barbara’s “Living With a Wild God”, She was Humanist of the Year 98’, still going strong, and Sam Harris’s “Waking Up”. Sam Harris even teamed up with Bill Maher against Ben Affleck for mainstream debate.
Speaking of debates… Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig on the Kalam Cosmological Argument or the more publicized Bill Nye and Ken Hamm Debate?… Popular Christian Website, “Christianity Today” held a poll after the debate: 92% said Bill Nye was more convincing. A debate that needs no poll, Matt Dillahunty vs Sye Ten Bruggencate, in Memphis, TN, organized by significant contributor to the Atheist Community Sarah Morehead, was a critical success.
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There are many Christian blogs and other faith-based writings that speak about living with ‘one foot in the church and one in the world.’ The majority of these point out that living this way is only meeting god halfway and urging people to get both feet in the church. From a Christian perspective this is important for a couple of reasons. Firstly (but not necessarily most importantly), it is what the Bible teaches. Romans 12:2 states bluntly; “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
It is not the Bible though, that seems to truly inspire this vigilance regarding living with two feet in the church. Rather, it seems to be more a request to deny and reject secular culture and elements of popular culture which Christians, especially Christian youth, find desirable, even irresistible. This ideal of worldly rejection in itself is by no means a new development in the church or Christianity; on the contrary, it has always been the goal. Only the fact that this ideal is being rejected en masse by Christian youth worldwide is a new experience for the church, as are the desperate requests for children to ignore the world in favour of Christ.
In more recent years, as the church has begun to come to terms with the fact that popular culture is winning the war in the battle for youth involvement, it has started to defile itself by bringing these seductive pop culture elements into the church in an attempt to lure in the youth; the most obvious example is the integration of secular music and contemporary worship into older church models. While this new adaptive method of fishing for a congregation might be in direct conflict with biblical teachings (again, Romans 12:2), it has, in part, worked for the church. Youth are attending church.
The conflict however, is obvious, as is the hefty price the church is paying for abandoning its roots.
So, what are we to make of an institution which simultaneously supplies people with the things they are taught by that institution to reject?
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