Friday, August 28, 2015

Atheists spread, and other links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

Atheists Spread Anger Where There Is Peace -- "Do you realize how angry and self-loathing you would have to be to actually make it your life’s work to pull people away from peace and goodwill?"

Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse? -- "Faith may have inflamed the conflict, but one lasting legacy of the war may be the toll it took upon American faith."

The 5 Tiers of Homeschooling -- "Christian homeschoolers are an eclectic group. We hold varying viewpoints on many subjects, and embrace many styles of living."

I enjoyed the Atlantic article about religion and the Civil War/War for Southern Independence/War Between the States. I think it is a worthwhile. I was a little confused, though, by the author's assessment of Lincoln's religion. Initially he wrote, "Even a man of such modest religious visibility as Abraham Lincoln, who never belonged to a church and never professed more than a deistic concept of God. But later says, "Lincoln was certain that 'God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet'." I'm no expert on Lincoln and his faith (or lack thereof), but it seems curious to label a man a Deist who believes that God intervenes in the affairs of men. Doesn't the Deist's god usually not concern himself with the affairs of men? I wonder if it is possibly missing that Lincoln basically believed the theology (of God) that was taught by the church of his birth even though he never was a member? Maybe someone with more knowledge of Lincoln can answer.

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