‘New Atheists’ and Evolution

In Robert Wright’s article, “Why ‘New Atheists’ [?] are Right-Wing on Foreign Policy,” he states, conclusively: “People are survival machines built by natural selection.”  True, humans have evolved in many ways – including their Spiritual understanding.  For example, interpretations and reactions relating to an out-of-body/after-death experience in 500 B.C. would most likely differ essentially from those in the 21st century.  Let’s say the occurrence was one where (after dying) an individual went up/out (per our cognizance level), and arrived at the feet of a large (Lincoln Memorial-size) entity sitting on something like a throne.  Immediately thereafter, the traveler started to smile, while suddenly feeling an onset: overwhelming senses of purity, enlightenment, and Home.  Then, just before going further, toward what was expected (like it had happened before), he heard a loud voice say Go Down.”  Thoroughly shocked, feeling betrayal – akin to being “cast out” (though that was not the case), the individual fell a long distance, eventually (after earthly clouds) approaching a Lake of Flames as wide as a Starred City.  And finally, the (spiritual) person held back from screaming – until hitting those flames.  What took place afterward could not be remembered, upon coming back to (this) life.  In 500 B.C., it might have been seen as unrealistic ranting from a nightmarish dream, or even an omen, relative to then-current mythology.  To others, it may have been taken as a Vision (worthy of chronicling), and found a way into first drafts of stories considered for the Bible.  In the 21st century, with distinct knowledge of The New Testament and Jesus Christ (as well as contexts relating to “A History of Heaven: Journeys to Heaven”), one could interpret/react as if the occurrence was actual, and a Gift, though profoundly disturbing – since (this not being a focus of foretelling) a return (Deliverance) was also given.  Most important, there is considerable doubt that the experience, by way of an atheist (then or now), would leave him/her denying God’s (“Higher Power“) Existence.

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17 Responses to ‘New Atheists’ and Evolution

  1. seaclearly says:

    Typical ridicule from the unimaginative and uninformed regarding God, Jesus, and the Bible: “tooth fairy,” “talking snakes,” “man with a white beard lives in the sky.” Jesus (literally)! How is it that this entire group of overly verbal mockers failed to learn the simplest lessons on Allegories and Metaphors? For those who did not attend college, there is some level of understanding. Yet, the derision of a majority seems (or, at least purports) to emanate from those who have tertiary education. Have they ever considered the talking snake – as representative? Have they, including Christians, ever considered opening themselves up to the Bible as a teaching tool – where an abundance of allegories and metaphors were purposely provided? Though the texts were meant to be taken as “The Word,” and absolute in relation to, for example, the highest power and a struggle against evil – they were not meant to be taken as completely literal throughout. There were many (obvious) stories told – as methods toward growth and enlightenment. Some of those were based on actual events, beyond dramatization (like a phenomenal figure who raised people from death). Others were based on relative occurrences – and shared in poetic fashion (like “The Prodigal Son”). To our perception, Six Days may have been more like six thousand prompted evolutionary cycles. And so on. Mocking without insight most often (unwittingly) reflects one’s ignorance.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/20/shroud-of-turin-is-real-v_n_365496.html

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  3. seaclearly says:

    With respect to various Religions, while acknowledging that Fanaticism and Extremism has been utterly destructive at distinct times throughout history (as evidenced by escalations to ultimately hypocritical acts of Terrorism), I would like to share the following link – which focuses on the very existence of God (regardless of Belief system): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCusTmMlmwc

    Respect All Religions-No Fanaticism–No Extremism-No Terrorism

    http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?tid=1165993677988#/group.php?gid=39610847653&ref=mf

  4. [...] are) – without disparaging differences between Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc.  True, atheists are offended by such designations; “In God We Trust” must also be an outrage to them.  Yet, [...]

  5. seaclearly says:

    The more we unite, the more we express. The more we express, the more we are heard. The more we are heard, the more we move. The more we move, the more we Triumph.

  6. seaclearly says:

    Do you believe in speaking Truth to Power — no matter what level of stature the powered hold? Do you believe in Fighting the Good Fight — without backing down, regardless of the level of evil you may face? Do you believe the First Amendment is a cornerstone of our country — and that it is on the verge of being nullified in a series of final (corporate) steps? If so, Stand Up Now — while your Voices can still be Heard.

  7. seaclearly says:

    In His Name + For His Glory:

    Every Day,
    Every Night,
    Every Moment,
    Every Light –
    For Every Thing:
    I Thank You –
    Forever and Ever ~

    Amen ~+~

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