Values for Atheists? Hardly.

30 11 2007

Filed under: Atheism, Christianity, Sunday school, Time, Humanism


Time Magazine’s recent article, Sunday School for Atheists, is more proof that many atheists aren’t really true atheists. Some non-believers have suddenly decided that they might need some values for their kids and have discovered Sunday school for atheists that teach “values” for atheists.

But some nonbelievers are beginning to think they might need something for their children. “When you have kids,” says Julie Willey, a design engineer, “you start to notice that your co-workers or friends have church groups to help teach their kids values and to be able to lean on.” So every week, Willey, who was raised Buddhist and says she has never believed in God, and her husband pack their four kids into their blue minivan and head to the Humanist Community Center in Palo Alto, Calif., for atheist Sunday school.

Talk about contradictory. Here’s a worldview that desires their children have “values,” but takes them to a humanist church? Heck, they’re getting more than enough humanism from their local humanist camp public school. Let them sleep in on Sunday. True atheists, by definition, are value-free. After all, they are all supposedly their own little god of their own little worlds since no god exists. Any perceived immoral behavior (killing, lying, cheating etc) is simply survival of the fittest. It’s not immoral. It’s expected.

The piece also offers a sneak peak into what a typical Sunday school looks like:

The Palo Alto Sunday family program uses music, art and discussion to encourage personal expression, intellectual curiosity and collaboration. One Sunday this fall found a dozen children up to age 6 and several parents playing percussion instruments and singing empowering anthems like I’m Unique and Unrepeatable, set to the tune of Ten Little Indians, instead of traditional Sunday-school songs like Jesus Loves Me. Rather than listen to a Bible story, the class read Stone Soup, a secular parable of a traveler who feeds a village by making a stew using one ingredient from each home.

Children, while growing up, respond better to parents to who have set up boundaries and discipline when those lines are crossed. Children also naturally love their parents, no matter how bad of a parent they are. When children are introduced to their Creator, this same natural love comes easy to them for God. I have watched my own children’s love for God grow with each passing day as they respond to our love and instruction. Oh, and in case you are wondering, “I’m Unique and Unrepeatable” is also borrowed from the bible: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Ps 139:14.

One more, classic atheist line:

“I’m a person that doesn’t believe in myths,” Hana says. “I’d rather stick to the evidence.”

Sadly, Hana’s evidence is not evidence. There is no more “proof” there is no god any more than there is proof He exists. Now, if you begin your search for evidence by limiting it to planet earth, you can bet the house you won’t find “evidence” of a Higher Being. Instead, the evidence equation for atheists becomes nothing more than some sort of matter + time. Lots of time. Million of years time. So much time that no-one-who-ever-knew-of-me-will-be-alive. So matter + time = evidence. Ok. If that’s what atheists want to believe they certainly can. But it takes far more faith to believe in that equation than belief in God. Besides, if Christians are wrong, what have they lost? Atheists, unfortunately, can’t say the same thing. Then again, the bible has spoken on that too: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Col. 2:8.




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