You can open the door to each one of these quotes and explore further. I am especially struck by the relevance of this one by Peter Hitchens:
“The current intellectual assault on God in Europe and North America is in fact a specific attack on Christianity – the faith that stubbornly persists in the morality, laws, and government of the major Western countries. . . .The God they fight is the Christian God, because he is their own God. . . .God is the leftists’ chief rival. Christian belief, by subjecting all men to divine authority and by asserting in the words ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ that the ideal society does not exist in this life, is the most coherent and potent obstacle to secular utopianism. . . . the Bible angers and frustrates those who believe that the pursuit of a perfect society justifies the quest for absolute power.”
Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy
Here follows a list of quotes I’ve collected and compiled from over the last two or so years (my digital quote library is bursting at its edges!). There is no particular form that these quotes take, rather each is from the unqiue story of each former atheist. Where possible, I’ve left links that readers can follow to find out more about each conversion testimony, or articles that they’ve authored. The others are predominantly from books that i’ve read.
Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, assistant professor of apologetics at Biola University, Christian case maker and author. He was once a vocal atheist.
- “In the end, I came to the conclusion that the gospels were reliable eyewitness accounts that delivered accurate information about Jesus, including His crucifixion and Resurrection. But that created a problem for me. If Jesus really was who He said He was, then Jesus was God Himself. If…
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Hey Madelyn thanks for that reblog. There is some good stuff in there. Have only browsed a little but will be checking them all out as soon as I can.
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Thanks Wally. I will be reading more too.
This part of the quote you liked is very true, “My kingdom is not of this world’ that the ideal society does not exist in this life, is the most coherent and potent obstacle to secular utopianism. . .”
I struggle with that one too! I mean, I totally agree and secular utopianism should be guarded against, because history has proven over and over again that is always going to be dystopian and unpleasant. On the other hand we have the far extreme,”my kingdom isn’t of this world so we shouldn’t even bother trying to make the world a better place.” I get squished between the two ideologies, when in fact it is actually more of a paradox. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” So in the very process of seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness, the world around us becomes a better place. That is the key that many on the left and many atheists disregard.
The funniest thing I ever read once was an attempt by several people on a reader board to design a perfect imaginary utopia. Eventually they concluded that if they removed religion, they had to invent something to replace it with, because you simply couldn’t have a utopia if you removed all the fruits of faith from your design.
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