Monday, January 17, 2011

Anglicans counter "New atheism" with new online resource

From Australia-

How can there be a God when people are suffering through floods and fires? How can God sit back and allow bad things to happen to good people?

A new online resource from the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne offers answers to these and other difficult questions as the Church seeks to engage directly with the rising “New Atheism” phenomenon.

"It's not surprising that Christians will be asked hard questions like these as we watch the devastation of the Queensland floods," said Bishop Barbara Darling, chair of the Christianity and Atheism Committee for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. "We should not be afraid of such questions, but should welcome the opportunity to talk with those who ask them".

The committee seeks not to criticise the existence of such a movement, but to engage with the propositions put forward by people such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. It will do so via its new website, at, where members of the public are encouraged to submit their own questions for the committee to consider, and through a free downloadable brochure designed to assist Christians in answering the tricky questions. The site also features summaries of over fifty books covering a wide range of perspectives on atheism.

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