Posted by: Billy Marsh | December 3, 2007

Atheist Sunday School

If you didn’t see this one coming, then you probably haven’t really taken a good look at how rapidly the culture is changing. Not to mention, that the more publicity the “New Atheism” movement gets, the more the press is going to uncover all remnants of it around the country. Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, comments on this article which appeared this week in Time magazine under the title, “Sunday School for Atheists“. Dr. Mohler does a nice succinct job of briefly analyzing this issue, but you should really click on the above link and read the article for yourselves. It isn’t long and is really an interesting as well as equally eye-opening piece.

Dr. Mohler titles his post on “Sunday School for Atheists” as “The Awkward Irony of the Atheist Sunday School“. And, his perspective could not be more accurate. It is quiet ironic that those proposing a world with no God are now choosing to meet on Sunday mornings for their own Sunday School. The reporter, Jeninne Lee-St. John,  writes that “Without religion, there’s no need for church, right? Maybe.” Well, I could easily take the rest of the blog and comment on that phrase. Without religion and without a God as a universal reference point for all of life, there is very little need for anything at all whether morals, values, or even life itself.

She continues:

. . . some nonbelievers are beginning to think they might need something for their children. “When you have kids,” says Julie Willey, a design engineer, “you start to notice that your co-workers or friends have church groups to help teach their kids values and to be able to lean on.” So every week, Willey, who was raised Buddhist and says she has never believed in God, and her husband pack their four kids into their blue minivan and head to the Humanist Community Center in Palo Alto, Calif., for atheist Sunday School.

It seems that from the parents’ view, they see the need for their children to grow up with sound morals and values, yet they desire to do this apart from the “Absolute”, as C. S. Lewis so terms his belief in the idea of a god before his Christian conversion in Surprised by Joy. Another ironic point to amplify is the title of the location where the atheist Sunday School meets: “Humanist Community Center”. I am sure that this is no accidental name. In fact, it is only logical. When man becomes the center of the universe, it is only fitting that the name of his place of worship reflects the nature of his self-made god, namely as Rom 1:21-23 teaches, they have loved the creature over the Creator.

Lee-St. John tells that these classes use music, art, and discussions to stir up the children’s intellect and creative capacities. She continues,

One Sunday this fall found a dozen children up to age 6 and several parents playing percussion instruments and singing empowering anthems like “I’m Unique and Unrepeatable”, set to the tune of “Ten Little Indians,” instead of traditional Sunday-school songs like “Jesus Loves Me”.

Finally, the article quotes a child by the name of Hana (11) testifying to the peace she has in going to the Humanist center as opposed to Christian church services, “I’m a person that doesn’t believe in myths,” Hana says. “I’d rather stick to the evidence.”

Oh how my heart aches for that little girl. How foolish and blinded are her words and heart. I won’t even attempt in this brief post to refute atheism and all of the hollow claims that are asserted in this article by those proudly submitting to partaking in a “non-religious” sunday morning service for atheists. In his book True Spirituality, Francis Schaeffer often mentions that as Christians, our lives ought to be demonstrations of the existence of God. As we talked about this morning in our own Sunday School class, I fear we’ve left our only apologetic of the faith in the hands of our cold presentation of a warm and living gospel. I pray that our lives and imitation of Christ’s servanthood and humility will become just as much a part of our defense and proclamation of the gospel and the existence of the true God as our doctrinal treatises which are every ready on our tongues.

“Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. . . . they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen”

~ Romans 1:22-23, 25 ~

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