OK, I’m going to start with the past, and come to what I hope is the obvious point later. Sadly, throughout the history of (probably pretty much all) the nations, there have been huge divides and injustices based on race. Being British, I’ll focus on us: we participated in the highly racist slave trade, treating people from certain places as property. We also have a very serious history of unpleasantness directed particularly at Jews in our country, though from time to time it would seem they were highly favored (see this article). I’m not going to apologize for it, because I didn’t do it, but I do heartily condemn these acts across the history of my country, and indeed the Western world. I like to think things have got better. I like to think the world we live in now is better. However, recent events in America show us that there is still further to go. I’m not going to deal with the actual news-events of the moment, as others have done this better than I could. I am much more interested in the underlying attitude and what the Bible has to say about it. Continue reading
Hmmm… I think I heard that phrase on TV once. There is a strong desire for both sides in any argument to adopt the “neutral” point of view, to be in line with what the “common man” (or woman) might think. The Scriptures basically say that humanity knows God is out there (“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 for example). So from God’s point of view the “neutral” or unbiased stance is belief in Him, and as a believer in Him, I can hardly disagree*.
However the “new atheists” have in many ways tried to claim the neutral ground Continue reading