Committed to God (2 of 4) by Steve Jones
This content is part of a series.Committed to God (2 of 4)
Series: Making Spiritual Commitments
INTRODUCTION: It's possible to doubt just about anything. On January 8th, 2013, a communications professor stirred controversy at Florida Atlantic University with claims that the school shootings at Newtown, Conn, did not happen as reported -- or may not have happened at all.
James Tracy, 47, has been a faculty member for ten years. Tracy said he also has doubts about the official version of the Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9-11 terror attacks and the Aurora, Colo., theater murders. He said, "I describe myself as a scholar and public intellectual, interested in going more deeply into controversial public events. Although some may see [my theories] as beyond the pale, I am doing what we should be doing as academics."
It's possible to doubt just about anything - especially in academia. I've been in some college philosophy classes that are so "deep" you wind up doubting your own existence. Seriously, how do you "prove" your own existence? 17th Century French philosopher Rene Descartes said, "I think therefore I am." So if I don't think then I suppose I'm not. If I suddenly disappear you'll know why.
Just because someone doubts something doesn't mean it never happened or doesn't exist.
We all know that there are those who doubt the existence of God. There always have been. Three thousand years ago the Psalmist acknowledged, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Psalm 14:1). According to a 2012 report by the Pew Research Center, people describing themselves as "atheist" or "agnostic" were 6% of the total U.S. population. According to a 2012 global poll 13% of the participants say they are atheists.
"New Atheism" is the name given to the ideas promoted by a collection of modern atheist writers who have advocated the view that "religion should not simply be tolerated but should be countered and criticized wherever ...
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