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Faith and Charity

John on September 15, 2005 at 4:49 pm

I heard about this piece on Dennis Praeger’s show yesterday. This comes from the Guardian in the UK. An atheist, while dismissing as fantasy all belief in God, notes that believers are nevertheless better people to their fellow man. He ends his piece:

The only possible conclusion is that faith comes with a packet of moral imperatives that, while they do not condition the attitude of all believers, influence enough of them to make them morally superior to atheists like me.

An admirable admission that must have been difficult to make. I’ve spent some time trolling the atheist bulletin boards on the web and I can tell you that most atheists are very defensive about their lack of “good works.” I would just add that this is not, in fact, the only possible conclusion. There is one other possibility, though it’s rather more difficult for someone like the author to accept.

Guardian | Faith does breed charity

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