Thursday, October 11, 2007

Atheists Declare War on Christianity

Atheists Declare War on Christianity
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- While billions of people believe in a higher power, a string of recent books by atheists are waging a secular war on the faithful and their beliefs. "What's So Great About Christianity" is the lone work fighting back against the shallow philosophy and hollow creed of atheists and their growing secular influence on our world.

In his latest book, New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza uses logic, science, and reason to prove the existence of faith and a divine power. He confidently challenges those who use science and physical evidence to deny there is a creator. "What's So Great About Christianity" defends the beliefs of the faithful and strengthens the belief of those who are questioning their faith. Not just a treatise on modern faith and Christian ethics, it will take the debate to the next level even for the most fervent atheists.

D'Souza's "What's So Great About Christianity" also illuminates the struggle all Christians feel in this modern secular world; we are encouraged to praise God in church, but ignore Him in our professional and social lives. It is that concession, D'Souza argues, that is causing us to lose the war to atheists and agnostics who continue to spread secular myths and lies about miracles, faith, and even historical facts.

"What's So Great About Christianity" rips apart myths about faith, including:


MYTH #1: Atheism is growing and more people are choosing it over church

Pews might be empty in some urban parts of America, but the world is witnessing a huge explosion of Christianity. Despite the headlines, Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in the world and the number of unbelievers is actually shrinking.

MYTH #2: Religion has caused history's wars, murders, and violence

Atheist regimes have caused the greatest mass murders in history. Historically, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Galileo affair, and witch hunts are vastly overblown. Comparing these events over 500 years with murders during modern atheist regimes, Christian rulers caused just 1% of the number of deaths caused by the regimes of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao.

MYTH #3: There is no such thing as a human soul

Atheists use science to argue that there is no soul, as there is no physical evidence of one. But D'Souza argues that there is evidence of something besides brain tissue that allows us to identify and use free will, have a consciousness other animals lack, and even have inner thoughts that are not merely a means to our survival. Atheist reasoning actually proves the material world isn't the only world there is.


To receive a review copy or schedule an interview with Dinesh D'Souza, please contact Kathleen Mitchell at 202-216-0601 ext. 426 or at kmitchell@eaglepub.com.


Christian Newswire
To: National Desk
Contact: Kathleen Mitchell, 202-216-0601 ext 426

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Social Conservatives Will Run Third Party Candidate If GOP Nominates Abortion Supporter

Social Conservatives Will Run Third Party Candidate If GOP Nominates Abortion Supporter

Social and economic conservatives feel betrayed by Republican Party

By Hilary White

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 2, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "If the Republican Party nominates a pro-abortion candidate we will consider running a third-party candidate." So said a group of prominent U.S. social conservatives alarmed at the possibility that the Republicans will nominate the pro-gay "marriage" and pro-abortion Rudolph Giuliani for President.

The New York Times reports the statement came from a break-away group at a meeting Saturday of the Council for National Policy in Salt Lake City. The statement comes as Giuliani is making a strong showing in the polls as the Republican candidate choice.

Giuliani has long held the "personally opposed but" position on abortion adopted by many Catholic political candidates supportive of abortion. This position, known as the "Cuomo dodge," was first formulated by the notorious abortion supporter and congressman-priest, Fr. Robert Drinan, and popularised in 1984 by then-New York Governor Mario Cuomo. The position has been denounced as a "deal with the devil" by faithful Catholics.

Giuliani told a group of Republican voters in South Carolina in April, "Ultimately I believe it's an individual right and a woman should make that choice." He previously stated that although he "personally opposed" abortion, "you have to leave that to a disagreement of conscience, and you have to respect the choice that somebody makes."

The conservative group at the Salt Lake City meeting included Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. The group told media they had not yet identified a candidate but that most of the participants of the smaller meeting supported the resolution.

Conservative activist Richard Viguerie, one of the meeting's participants said the issue is "beyond abortion", though that is the most visible issue. "There's a general feeling among social conservatives, as well as economic conservatives, that they have been betrayed by the Republican Party," Viguerie said.

Conservatives have warned that a Giuliani nomination could split the Republican party, in which social conservatives represent a major voting bloc, thus guaranteeing a win for the Democrat candidate. Most Republican conservatives believe that infamous abortion militant Hillary Clinton will take the Democrat nomination.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet

http://americansfortruth.com/news/peter-jones-are-we-going-to-san-francisco.html

Peter Jones: Are We Goin’ to San Francisco?
By Dr. Peter Jones

Published by CWIPP, Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet

In 1974, when I left the States to teach in “godless” France, the cultural revolution was a Left coast/San Fran’ phenom’, and America was still “Christian.” When I returned in 1991, I was in for culture shock, but still never imagined what lay ahead.

One man warned us. In 1978, Pastor Charles Mcllhenny recorded his experiences after his church fired a homosexual organist (When the Wicked Seize a City). Church property was repeatedly vandalized and his family almost killed by a firebomb. “Law enforcement” never found the culprits. Mcllhenny used San Francisco as a striking example of what America might become. Are we “goin’ to San Francisco?” as the 60s hit song asked?

Last May, San Francisco elected Theresa Sparks president of its Police Commission. Theresa is a transgendered Vietnam veteran, twice-divorced and father of three grown children. In 2003 s/he was both the chief executive officer of the sex-toy retailer Good Vibrations, and the city’s Woman of the Year. It may be “only San Francisco,” but remember that Nancy Pelosi, congresswoman from San Francisco, is third in line for the presidency. As the 1967 song predicted: “All across the nation such a strange vibration…There’s a whole generation with a new explanation…”

The “new explanation” appears in a May 2007 Gallup poll:

57% of Americans now view homosexuality as “an acceptable alternative lifestyle” (34% in 1982)

Here is this “whole new generation”:

75% of 18-34 year olds, and 72% of Democrats consider homosexuality an acceptable alternative lifestyle

Homosexuals represent only 2% of the population, but culture unwinds once sexuality is “liberated.” The worldwide unwinding is fanned by the media. The Los Angeles Times recently ran a front-page article on gays in sport, concluding that it is no big deal. The BBC World Service series on “Coming Out,” communicated a similar no-big-deal message. Is it a big deal?

I see the change everywhere I go. In October, 2007, I will teach on homosexuality in Bogotá, Colombia, a city that wants to become the gay capital of the world. In Brazil I learned that the legislature was criminalizing “anti-homosexual speech.” Homosexuality has a powerful voice in the EU and at the UN. Much of the world is changing. Here’s how it happens:

Language Changes: “Free speech” is curtailed by those who define “hate speech.” Members of the European Parliament from France, the Netherlands and Italy vilified Poland as “hateful” and “repulsive” for refusing to promote homosexuality in schools.

Education Changes: In 2007 the California Senate passed Bill SB 777, prohibiting all classes, school activities, textbooks, and teachers from instruction that “reflects or promotes bias against” homosexuals, transgenders, and bisexuals in public schools (including kindergarten). The executive committee of the National Education Association is urging its members to make sexual orientation training a requirement for those earning a license to teach.

Therapy Changes: The American Psychological Association is considering a denunciation of any attempt by therapists to change sexual orientation.

Church Changes: In 2004, Gene Robinson, a homosexual priest, living publicly with a male lover, was ordained bishop in the Episcopal Church, setting off a fire-storm of controversy in the world-wide Anglican communion.

Public Service Changes: Dr. James Holsinger, a quality candidate for Surgeon General, committed one fatal error- he once opposed a decision that sought to name a practicing lesbian as an associate pastor. Holsinger’s fate may indicate that the place of biblical Christians in government service is in jeopardy. [Editor’s note: see AFTAH’s post on Dr. Holsinger’s less-than-bold testimony at his confirmation hearings before the Senate.]

Law Enforcement Changes: How a transgendered promoter of sex toys enforces public morals in the Bay Area may become a prototype as gay and lesbian judges are appointed all over the country.

In all these areas the 2% determine how the 98% must behave. How, do Christians live in a “San-Francisco” world? What should YOU do?

Vote (but don’t count on it);

Understand sexuality in its theological context, as a part of the defense of the honor of God as Creator and the dignity of man in the image of God, in order to make sense of the Gospel message in today’s world;

By the power of Christ and his Spirit, preach and witness to this Gospel publicly for all you are worth, both as churches and as individual believers. We cannot allow our mouths to be closed. As Paul said: “Pray for me that I might open my mouth with boldness…to speak what I must speak” (Ephesians 6:20);

If necessary, go to jail. A Brazilian Christian in Rio this Spring asked me: “What should we do in light of this new law prohibiting anti-homosexual speech?” I replied: “Are you ready to go to jail?” which is precisely where Paul was!

Do you still say, “This will never happen in my town. I don’t live in San Francisco!”?

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Dr. Peter Jones (peter@cwipp.org) is Executive Director of CWIPP (Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet). Dr. Jones was Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary in California for 12 years. He presently serves on the executive committee of the World Reformed Fellowship. CWIPP seeks to explain the two religious options vying for the modern mind (Christianity and Paganism) in order to equip the church to answer, in the power of the gospel, the questions emerging in a culture dominated by planetary paganism, for the sake of her evangelism and her intentional Christian living.

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