Catholic atheism is on the rise: Three kinds of Catholic atheism

Following the massive Yes vote in the referendum, a strong bout of Catholic atheism is definitively on the rise, though it has not yet reached the stage of an epidemic. As the words ‘Catholic’ and ‘atheism’ do not normally stand together an explanation is due.

There are at least three kinds of atheism. There is the philosophical or doctrinal one. Atheism becomes a religion while a dogma develops out of this unbelief. There are also the practical atheists who live their lives as if God does not exist. God does not feature anywhere in the decisions they make.

The third category is made up of Catholic atheists. They live their lives as if God is not concretely, centrally and victoriously present in human history. They believe that evil is triumphing over good, sin over grace.

Whenever they look around them they see all sorts of footsteps of the Evil One but not a shred of evidence of a living and triumphant God. They act as if sin has the upper hand; they almost get a perverse kind of pleasure out of listing all the sins of the new Babylon while being unable to point to one virtue.

These spiritual masochists emulate one episode from the Gospels and stretch it out to cover most of their life. This is the episode of Peter losing faith when confronted by stormy seas and crying out: “Lord, I am sinking”.

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  1. To save our fellow Christians from falling into atheism let me offer them another clear choice of Islam as understood by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    Here I will link a few articles:

    1. Faith and reason: an invitation to the Christians:

    http://knol.google.com/k/faith-and-reason-an-invitation-to-the-christians#

    2. Is God the Father the Creator, the Trinity as a whole or are there three Creators?

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/is-god-the-father-the-creator-the/1qhnnhcumbuyp/301#

    3. William Lane Craig makes false claims about swoon hypothesis!

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/william-lane-craig-makes-false-claims/1qhnnhcumbuyp/332#

    4. Islamic theology starts with Deism: Why all Christians and atheists should be Muslims?

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/islamic-theology-starts-with-deism-why/1qhnnhcumbuyp/366#

    5. If life has a purpose and the Bible is not reliable word of God then the Quran is for you!

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/if-life-has-a-purpose-and-the-bible-is/1qhnnhcumbuyp/365#

    6. Rising of the Sun from the West in the Latter Days

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/rising-of-the-sun-from-the-west-in-the/1qhnnhcumbuyp/371#

    The official website of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

    http://www.alislam.org

    Collection of all my articles under different themes including Christianity, Islam and Religion & Science:

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/-/1qhnnhcumbuyp/0#collections

  2. On Monday 27th there was a Mulaqat Time for the foreign guests with Hazoor-e-Anwar aba, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Community. One guest from Iceland said to Hazoor that he is atheist and his parents are Christian. Hazoor-e-Anwar aba, spoke to him on this subject in details and told him about the existence of God. At one point it became very interesting, when Hazoor told him that in difficulty and problematic moments everyone, irrespective of believer of God or atheist, everyone say ‘O! God’. Hazoor said if there is no God then why they ask God for help. He said that’s right, I myself say that, in every difficult moment.

    Hazoor-e-Anwar guided him in a very easy and understandable way. And he said he will study more on this subject. Hazoor-e-Anwar aba told him to read ‘Our God’ book.

    After the meeting one of our guest from Malta, commented so beautifully on this and said that Hazoor gave especial attention to the atheist friend because, “He wanted to win him, not for Ahmadiyya, but for God”.

    I think these comments were so true and beautiful. And no doubt, at the moment Hadhrat Khalifatul Massih, the Spiritual Head of the Ahmadiyya Community, is the sign of God on this earth, and he is the only personality, and under his guidance his Jamaat, who can guide to the true God. So, it is very important for the world to listen the voice of the Khalifa of God, and believe in him and then start ever lasting relation with the Almighty God, the Gracious ever Merciful.

    The Imam of the time, the Promised Messiah as, says:

    “Our paradise is in our God. Our highest delight is in our God for we have seen Him and found every beauty in Him. This wealth is worth procuring even though one may have to lay down one’s life to procure it. This ruby is worth purchasing though one may have to lose one’s self to acquire it. O ye, who are bereft, run to this fountain and it will save you. What shall I do, and by what drum shall I make the announcement that this is your God, so that people might hear? What remedy shall I apply to their ears so that they should listen. If you belong to Allah, rest assured that Allah will indeed belong to you.” (Roohani Khazain Vol. 19: Kashti Nuh, pp. 21-22)

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