How can there be a God when people are suffering through floods and fires? How can God sit back and allow bad things to happen to good people?
A new online resource from the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne offers answers to these and other difficult questions as the Church seeks to engage directly with the rising “New Atheism” phenomenon.
That’s what the Australian Anglican church web site says. You can download brochures and everything.
Isn’t science the only reliable knowledge?
You’ve probably heard it asked, ‘How can we trust the Bible? It opens with a completely unscientific account of the origins of this planet…’ When one looks at Genesis … from a theological, literary and cultural point of view, it becomes apparent that Genesis is not attempting to present a scientific account of the beginnings of life. Perhaps surprisingly, something similar is true of science…
I recommend a look at the site and a look at the brochure. There isn’t anything really new there, but for those who debate or discuss the important social and scientific issues with those who want to bring their religion in, you’ll probably see some of this rhetoric appearing. Might as well know what is coming. Their position is theistic evolution, by the way. You won’t find that among African Anglicans, and American Anglicans are practically Unitarians (at least the one’s I know). It will be interesting to see how this diversity of Anglican doctrines is shaped (or not) by this missive.
The most important thing about this is the following: The average scientist or scientific institute does not couch their science in terms of its conflict with religion, unless forced by political circumstances to do so, yet this church has laid out an entire publicity theme in relation to their conflict with both atheism and science. So, who’s setting the agenda? So called “New Atheists” apparently.
The site is here.