Eddie and Sue Arthur

Pie On the Table

The central idea is, of course, that Christian faith offers a sedative for suffering in this life by promising that we will be fully compensated in the next, when “many that are first will be last, and the last first” (Matt. 19:30). Atheists like to ridicule this aspect of faith as “pie in the sky.” What is almost always missed is that Christianity often puts the pie on the table! It makes life better here and now. Not merely in psychological ways, as faith in an attractive afterlife can do, but in terms of concrete, worldly benefits. Consider that a study based on ancient tombstones has established that early Christians outlived their pagan neighbors! What that demonstrates is that Christians enjoyed a superior quality of life

From The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion

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One Comment on “Pie On the Table

  1. >> It makes life better here and now. << Too true! And I've always been a bit concerned about how "the fallacies of hope" effect one's mental life. Viz: http://quantumnonlinearity.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/brian-cox-and-fallacies-of-hope.html

    Nonetheless, I think we need to accept that there are some well meaning atheists out there and try to avoid bashing potential friends; I really hate the phrase that some fundamentalists use of atheists "suppressing the truth by their wickedness" (Romans 1:18); not generally true in my opinion.

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