Question: I love TBC. It keeps me informed on the issues that the fundamentalist sect of Christianity is concerned with....I'm an "informed atheist"...in that I'm just as knowledgeable about the Bible, its god and related subjects as either Dave or T. A. Tell Dave I read In Six Days. That book confirmed why sectarian religious views and science are incompatible. I was saddened at the waste of the 50 authors' minds. As you are aware, the greatest enemy of religion is reason (Martin Luther), for it exposes "faith" as the emperor's new clothes that it is. All one has to do to overthrow atheism...is to obey Paul when he says the gospel isn't word only, but a demonstration of the Spirit's power. How hard can it be for an In-Six-Days god to put arms, legs, and other missing body parts on the fine Christian men/women who were deceived by Bush to fight for God and country in Iraq? Perhaps Biblegod could "stop" the sun-which Hezekiah says is a "light" thing....Even something as easy as causing an iron axehead to "swim" will suffice. How hard can any of this be for a real God? (Humans making excuses for their God's inaction is unworthy of a real, divine being.) Man has invented close to 6,000,000 gods! All of you at The Berean Call are atheists concerning all but one! I have simply added that one to the pile of would-be gods. Love your newsletter.
Response [as promised in Letters section last month]: Apparently TBC hasn't helped you but has only given your atheist mill more grist for mocking God. That fact either reflects our incompetence-or your unwillingness to admit the truth that would bow you before your Creator. You are not as knowledgeable about the Bible as you think you are. Instead, you exemplify the scripture that says, "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Tm 3:7).
We encourage readers to "search the Scriptures daily." Neither the Scriptures nor TBC promotes "sectarian religious views." If you knew the Bible as well as you claim, you would know that it is not about religion. The words "religion" and "religious" are found only seven times in the entire Bible-six times referring to false religion, and only once to true religion-which is not what you think it is. You think science and religion are at odds, yet the National Academy of Sciences says they are not.
You say that faith is unscientific, "the emperor's new clothes." But hundreds of top scientists, past and present, disagree with you. William D. Phillips, who won the 1997 Nobel Prize in chemistry, once said that so many of his colleagues were Christians that he couldn't walk across his church's fellowship hall without "tripping over a dozen physicists...." You seem to be out of touch with science and scientists. Has your atheism blinded you to the truth?
Astronauts are scientists. The crew of Apollo 8 (William Anders, James Lovell, and Frank Borman) have all been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. They were the first humans to circle the moon, and on the evening of December 24, 1968, broadcast back to earth their reading of the first 10 verses in Genesis. They introduced this passage about God creating the universe with these words, "For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you."
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon. The first food or drink ever ingested on the moon was the bread and wine Aldrin had brought to celebrate communion. And you say science and religion are incompatible and mock believers as unscientific? You are really out of touch!
As for "sectarian religious views," not one of the 50 scientist authors of In Six Days promotes such. These Christians are all competent scientists, respected in their fields, from Biology to Physics, Biochemistry to Genetics, Mathematics to Geophysics, Botany to Geology, etc.
Your suggestion that scientists must be atheists contradicts the facts and reveals either ignorance or prejudice. The greatest scientists of all time, the founders of science, nearly all believed in God. Among believers were: Aggasiz, Bacon, Bell, Boyle, Copernicus, Cuvier, Descarte, Fabre, Faraday, Joule, Kelvin, Kepler, Maxwell, Mendel, Newton, Pascal, Pasteur, and too many others to name. Boyle even left a fund to support lectures refuting atheism that still continue at Oxford today. Newton published more material devoted to the Bible than about mathematics and physics. Is your ignorance showing, or is it just prejudice?
You claim to know the Bible yet say that "the greatest enemy of religion is reason"? You haven't heeded God's challenge: "Come now, and let us reason together" (Is 1:18). Perhaps you overlooked the many times that Paul reasoned with Jews and Gentiles from the Scriptures. Or maybe you've forgotten that Peter reminds believers always to be ready to give a reason for why they believe (1 Pt 3:15).
It is irrational to blame God for what Bush or any other man does in His name. And it is equal folly to blame God for wars and other evil and suffering in the world. This is not the world God made but the world we have made in our selfish rebellion against Him. Of course TBC doesn't honor the false gods that foolish men have invented. But even if there were a billion, that would be no reason to say there could not be one true God.