Raising children is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, at least that is what I have heard and am only beginning to experience myself with a 9 month old daughter. I have had numerous conversations with parents who seem to be frustrated with parenting, as it seems raising kids today is much more difficult than in past generations. From tantrums, to fighting with siblings, to blatant disobedience, parents seem at a loss for why their kids won't go to sleep when it's bed time, won't eat their food, and act like a deranged maniac in public.Why does today's generation of children seem more "strong willed" (whatever that means) than when we were kids?
The following is a satirical article on how I would see the world if I were an atheist/Humanist. I am convinced that atheism requires one to hold conflicting views of reality by suppressing the contradiction - atheism holds onto the Christian belief that human's are valuable, but then embraces views and beliefs that show this to be impossible. Since they have dropped Christianity they should not whimsically pick what parts they like; they must drop it all. Human rights are an illusion if there is no God.
Christians hold to the idea that humanity, while being material and a part of the universe, is distinct from all other matter and holds intrinsic value. The notion goes that the Judeo-Christian God, Yahweh, created them in His image and, therefore, they are more valuable than other, dense collections of matter like rocks or trees. This idea stands in contrast to what real scientists know; life was, in fact, not planned and humanity is the blind result of unbiased forces that could not have resulted in anything different. Humanity is not special because we occupy an insignificant planet in a remote and insignificant solar system. There is no loving, all powerful being that looks out for our good and sympathizes with our suffering - God is dead.
I recently came across the following picture that depicts today’s worship music as being repetitive and theologically pathetic. The second song is an exaggeration of Michael W. Smith’s song I See You, while the first is one of the greatest hymns ever written (I verified this with science, so you can trust me on this one; the song is really good). The hymn, Be Thou My Vision, though full of outdated words, is still remarkably powerful. So yes, if you compare these two songs, and only these two songs, then one could say that worship music has changed for the worse; but why are we comparing only these two songs? How did these two songs become the representatives for the plethora of worship songs? The creator of this picture clearly believes that hymns are superior to modern worship. I have three objections to this view.
Richard Dawkins - one of the four horsemen of the new atheism - writes in his book “The God Delusion” that the God of the Old Testament is, “arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”1 So is Dawkins right? Is God evil?