Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

The devout atheist

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 03, 2012

Gotta love the idea of building a temple to atheism, and the behind the project. The misguided millionaire who’s funding the venture believes that “you can build a temple to anything that's positive and good.”

I suppose you can—if you have the money, and nothing else to do with it. But why? Apple pie is positive and good, but I don’t worship it. (There was that one time, after eating too much, that I had a nightmare about a building made of apple pie. But I don’t think it was a temple.)

“That could mean a temple to love, friendship, calm, or perspective,” says our hero. Then you’d have a temple built to an abstraction. Why not build a temple to the Pythagorean Theorem—which, in comparison with atheism, has the advantage of being true?

And what sort of temple do you build to honor atheism? Most appropriate, I think, would be a temple that doesn’t exist.

Still this project is a useful reminder that Christians do not worship an abstraction. A temple only makes sense if it’s dedicated to someone—or better, to Someone.

 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($32,515 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,484.95
93% 7%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Making Moral Progress? July 3
Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision July 2
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited July 2
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15