Christians and Atheism Essay

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Christians and Atheism

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. – DC Talk, contemporary Christian band

There are three general reasons why Christianity turns people off: 1) The teachings of Jesus and the Bible are not appealing; 2) particular aspects of the Bible (or the Bible as a whole) do not seem feasible (such as the existence of Hell or an omnipotent, all-loving God); or 3) some experience with a Christian or the institution of Church is/was offending or repelling. This last reason why many people dislike Christianity is
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[. . .] there was every kind of cruelty practiced upon all sorts of people in the name of religion. (Russell 739)

Russell addresses the concerns of many atheists and agnostics out there: If Christianity is such a wholesome and “good” religion, why was it the cause of so many horrible crimes? There must be something “wicked” or evil in the religion to make its followers act so awful. But this is not the case. The Bible never demands of people murder, rape, or mass crusades bearing ethnocentric ideals. Christians of the past were misled by the “modern” thinking of their times. Contemporary Christian band DC Talk writes about the mindset of such religious crusaders: “They felt themselves revolutionaries for the cause of God, but they were deluded. They died thinking they were heroes and martyrs” ( Jesus Freaks 6). Even Christians today cringe when they are reminded of the transgressions of past “Christian” followers. It is a pigeonhole they cannot escape. So it seems that Christianity will forever be stigmatized by the horrific campaigns and over-zealous evangelical endeavors of its history.

This stigmatism of the past also extends to and tarnishes the image of true Christians today. Many Christians today feel that there is a definite negative connotation behind the word “Christian”

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