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Thursday, August 23, 2012

From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader

By Rick Pearcey • August 23, 2012, 02:37 PM

The NYTimes profiles "unbeliever Jerry DeWitt," who converted to atheism "after his 25 years in the ministry."

DeWitt is now executive director of a group called "Recovering From Religion," which "includes at least 100 local chapters scattered across the country, each one typically with 10 to 12 participants," reports the NYTimes. 

I would recommend this profile for any class, church, group, or searching individual who respects the human mind -- so that, among other things, they might a) honestly think through this man's struggles and b) come to appreciate both the appeal but also the intellectual vacuity of atheism.

One would also point out that this former Pentecostal minister did not move from being a "believer" into being an "unbeliever," as the NYTimes puts it. 

That terminology, in such vogue today, in no way bespeaks the realities of such a choice nor the Biblical data respecting the commitment of the whole person to that which is verifiably true regarding God, man, and the cosmos (more at "Christmas Spirit in Space and Time").

This profile strikes me as just the type of article we would have discussed at L'Abri while under the creative leadership of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. 

And if you read the information given in the Gospel data, you will see in there also a rich appreciation of questions, thinking things through, and the rejection of merely mouthing that which is true.

"Human beings were created to think," explains John R.W. Stott in Your Mind Matters, if I may quote from memory. 

Reason is a God-thing. One wonders if Mr. DeWitt's church ever got that memo.