Faith in Forward

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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:

http://www.snopes.com/religion/einstein.asp

http://www.snopes.com/religion/chalk.htm

/// Reading “The Pillow Friend” by Lisa Tuttle (and hating it…)

Comments

  1. yeah, i’ve heard both of those fables in school and around various christian-based occasions. Ya know, i’ve been in college off and on for a looong time, and not once have i ever seen a professor try to STOMP out the faith of christian students in a class. not even the ones that were proclaimed athiests. I can’t fault a person for believing what they want, but these stories that get made up and passed around like candy are just there to make them feel better when someone says, “hey, everything you believe is based on someone telling you that you should because this thousands-of-years old book says that you should.”

    Posted by Trav on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 – 12:59 PM

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