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 Post subject: Re: Teaching atheism to seminarians
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I have said before, in debates with atheists (and so a different context than that of the author of this article), that I appreciate that they're doing half of my work for me. By this, I simply mean that they are doing a fine job, more often than not, of ruling out gods in which I don't believe. More positively, C S Lewis seems to have the same idea in mind in Screwtape when he counsels us to pray to God not as we understand Him but as He understands Himself to be. We all have our idols, and we're rather emotionally attached to them most of the time. If atheists can help us let go of them, so much the better. I would certainly, however, be a little more than cautious taking a systematic look at these people's works. Especially in seminary. There's too much good stuff to learn, that needs to be learned, to spend what little time you have in formal training identifying this or that particular error. So, sure . . . some fish and bones in all that, I suppose. :)

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