The Archbishop of Canterbury launched a fierce attack yesterday on the modern cult of atheism and singled out the eminent scientist Richard Dawkins.
Dr Rowan Williams responded to critics of religion by arguing that atheists had missed the point and failed to understand what Christians really believe in.
In a fierce attack on the Oxford professor and other leading atheists, he said: "There are specific areas of mismatch between what Richard Dawkins may write about and what religious people think they are doing."
He added: "There are few things more annoying than people saying 'I know what you mean'." Dr Williams described Prof Dawkins as a "lively and attractive writer" but said his arguments were not fully engaging with religion....
Jim Lincoln wrote: The ones done in the New Testament times, and of course we are in the New Covenant time frame, were done to validate who the apostles were and what they said. There are no more apostles. The Apostle Paul was the last one.
The emphasis on my post was not whether or not there are miracles today, but rather that this man is in a very sad state of affairs.
In response to your view of miracles, I will only say that God has not changed. Furthermore there are no Biblical references that clearly express the cessation of miracles, only conjecture. Miracles do occur today, from the simplistic forms of recovering from physical ailments to more spactacular miracles that are occurring right now in the rest of the world. J.P. Moreland who is a great Christian thinker has an interesting interview on www.str.org where describes the visions and dreams of Muslims. Numerous healings and other miracles seem to be much more frequent in other countries. Likely due to our lack of dependence on God here in the US.
JP, "Spiritual Gifts" tells you why there are not modern day miracles, q.v.,
The ones done in the New Testament times, and of course we are in the New Covenant time frame, were done to validate who the apostles were and what they said. There are no more apostles. The Apostle Paul was the last one.
I just talked with a rancher today who is 80 years old and he is an avid atheist. Pray that God will get a hold of him, his name is Paul. I debated with him for a little while. He doesn't understand why there are not modern day miracles that he can see. He has been an atheist since he faught in WWII.
The article was pretty bad, calling athiesm, or fans of Dawkins a cult. This cult doesn't have a name or any meeting place, or list of members or anything. It's just silly. So I didn't bother reading the rest.
Rev. Williams does serve a useful purpose on rare occasions. This is one of those very rare occasions.
Williams, however, is not a very good representative of Christianity, and one of the reasons that atheists have such a good time attacking Christians, because he doesn't really know what Christians believe in either.