Religion and Culture Expert and Author Dr. Alex McFarland: Encouraged and Even Enforced, Secularism Is Destroying the Country
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Christmas season is upon us, with trees up, lights twinkling and general merriment abounding.
These things put most people in the Christmas spirit—but some will say “reason” should prevail instead.
Like many others, religion and culture expert and author Dr. Alex McFarland (www.alexmcfarland.com) is taking note of the 2018 “anti-Christmas” campaigns from several secular groups across the country.
Here are just a few examples:
“The atheists are ready again to try to save the U.S. from the season’s irascible burdens of ‘tidings of comfort and joy,’” McFarland says. “But the annual roadside ‘Humbug!’ proclamations and community banners elicit little more than a ‘ho-hum.’ Each December, atheists have put up strategically placed, carefully worded signs and made efforts to turn people away from Christmas. But when groups like these work to promote a worldview that denies God and undermines truth, there are repercussions in terms of human behavior—tragically negative ones. At this point, atheists will say that the greater tragedy is to believe in a ‘mean old man in the sky’ or an ‘antiquated book of fairy tales.’
“But the reality is this,” McFarland continues, “the encouraged, and often enforced, secularism we are living with is destroying the country. As a scholar, I would argue that the atheists’ anti-Christmas efforts are vacuous from the standpoints of historical fact and logic. To get any sort of traction in the public consciousness, or the press, atheists must have something to ‘ride on’—usually something directly or indirectly Christian. These attempts to evangelize for unbelief represent the atheists’ annual attempt at relevancy. This season is an opportunity for the God-deniers to emerge from their ideological vacuum and enjoy some momentary news coverage. But this requires the presence of and reality of Christianity. Strangely enough, God and Jesus have to ‘be there’ in order for the atheists to fight recognition of them—thus highlighting the schizophrenic nature of these annual campaigns and of atheism itself.”
McFarland adds that at a time when more youth are leaving their faith behind or identifying as the religious group “nones,” the culture needs God more than ever—and Christmas is a time when many find Him.
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