From MySpace blog: Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I see a lot of forwards, bulletins and such that pass on the age old story of “arrogant, atheist teacher/professor aggressively attacks Christianity in the classroom, only to be thwarted by a faithful student”. It’s a mini ‘David and Goliath” story designed to give those of faith a dose of empowerment in the face of difficult questions concerning the existence, omnipotence and benevolence of God.
Now, this is no attack on faith. I respect everyone’s right to believe what they want, and to find spiritual fulfillment in whatever ways work for them.
Yet, I find these kinds of stories rather insipid. They rarely offer an intelligent argument of faith – only vilify those with a different opinion.
Does the evil, God-hating professor exist? Quite probably. But setting this character up as the face of those who do not subscribe to a traditional faith based religion, Christian or otherwise, is childish, short-sighted and manipulative.
For some interesting looks at these types of forwards, go to:
/// Reading “The Pillow Friend” by Lisa Tuttle (and hating it…)