I have a lot of sympathy for atheists – even the new atheists – but there are so many times they make it hard to be on their side. I get that they think many christian beliefs are deluded. i’m right there with them. but to think that those beliefs are where faith begins and ends is just silly, disingenuous and, quite frankly, boring.
Oddly, I think that the faith column in the paper should be stopped too [even though it keeps me in books, cd’s and Campers], but this article just makes me want to fight for it [you don’t need to read it, you can probably predict what it says]… Anyway, in my resolution to not have an opinion about anything during May [it’s very good for the stress levels to decide that you don’t have anything to say that the world badly needs to hear! and the sure sign that one needs to detox from that belief is having it in the first place…], i’m not writing articles in my head to respond. Instead it’s coming out in other ways… this is the beginning of an idea for worship i’m curating in a few weeks with the directors and boards of UnitingCare welfare agencies…
they are right,
those who mock faith:
it belongs only to those with over-active imaginations.
who but the foolish would look at barren ground and imagine food for all
who would see past desolation and believe it holds the promise of life
who would not be stopped by war, but live for the day there will be peace
who would reach deep into the world’s fear, in the prayer it would bring love…
so if faith is the terrain of the deluded,
then may you have the faith of the fools
who have loved the world since it’s beginning
and will live for its redemption until its end.