Atheists In Holy Places

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In the headlines recently were two atheists from unlikely professions – a church pastor and a professional football player.

Houston Oilers running back, Arian Foster, revealed his non-belief in God during an ESPN interview. He could not believe, he said, in any religion that teaches “We’re right, and if you’re not in the boat, you’re going to hell.” Such expressions are rare in a game where God appears to receive credit for every touchdown scored.

Rev. Gretta Vosper, pastor of a United Church of Christ church in Toronto, is facing dismissal for her denial of God. “I don’t believe in the god called God,” Vosper told The Canadian Press wire service. “Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share.” Asked in a March Toronto Star interview whether she believes that Jesus was the son of God, she said, “I don’t think Jesus was.”

My God, what is this world coming to when our two holiest institutions, the Church and professional football, are producing such skeptics?

Here’s My Take: I can sympathize with Rev. Vosper and Arian Foster. I don’t think the problem is with God, but rather with those of us who so arrogantly use God’s name to separate, degrade or destroy creation. Such a God deserves to be disbelieved.

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