Sunday, April 15, 2007

Militant Atheism Firing Up in the EU (& Here)

Thanks to Pilgrim-Hearted Carmen for the link to a cool (if disturbing) GetReligion post, which quotes from a WSJ article:

Passive indifference to faith has left Europe’s churches mostly empty. But debate over religion is more intense and strident than it has been in many decades. Religion is re-emerging as a big issue in part because of anxiety over Europe’s growing and restive Muslim populations and a fear that faith is reasserting itself in politics and public policy. That is all adding up to a growing momentum for a combative brand of atheism, one that confronts rather than merely ignores religion.

Karen Armstrong, a former Catholic nun and prominent British author on religion, calls the trend “missionary secularism.” She says it mimics the ardor of Christianity, Islam and Marxism, all of which have at their core an urge to convert nonbelievers to their worldview.
~~Wall Street Journal: "As Religious Strife Grows, Europe's Atheists Seize Pulpit"

Tangent: Please pray for all those who got/are getting hit by the nasty weather. Carmen is in the danger zone. I'm waiting for her to check in.

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