Imaginative Atheists

November 17th, 2006

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Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky…

John Lennon was right – it is easy to imagine no heaven or hell… and no god. Atheists imagine this all the time. And they seem to be enjoying a mild resurgence in popular media.

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It’s not uncommon for our family to feel the earth move under our feet. Yet we don’t live in California. Our home is in Maryland. The tremors emanate from our pedal-to-the-medal son Stephen. He’s a college sophomore and when Stephen is home on the weekends, we’re entertained at dinnertime by an inaudible rhythm driving his right leg up and down. It makes us crazy.

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Acquire and delight.
Last week I introduced us to the trivialization of tragedy. We contribute to this calamity when we see maturity as being "poor in spirit" and a race to the bottom. The biblical picture of good fortune and blessedness is satiated sheep. "He makes me lie down in green pastures." When do sheep lie down? When they are full, fat, and happy. True spirituality is prosperity, not poverty.

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