Atheists’ Email To Christians: “God Is Dead, Have a Good Friday”

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{This Easter a local atheist group in the Dallas-Fort Worth area decided to send an outreach Easter message to the pastors around them. The message was “God is dead. Have a Good Friday.”

The message was sent by the Dallas Fort-Worth Coalition of Reason (DFWCOR) and this is not the first time that they have done something like this. Last year they upset local conservative Ben Ferguson of WBAP, the local radio talk station, with their campaign of “Our Families Are Great Without Religion. But this year according to DFWCOR they are only wishing their Christian neighbors a happy Easter the only way they know how says Zachary Moore, the group’s coordinator.

According to the organization’s Google Plus page, the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason “is a group of local organizations joined together to increase the growth, visibility and acceptance of all atheists throughout the Metroplex.

While all of these organizations share common ground, each has its own particular emphasis and atmosphere. Some are focused on scientific inquiry and education; others are focused on ethics and community. Still others seek to create environments of rationality where people can socialize in climates of tolerance and support. All organizations are “committed to promoting wider acceptance of a more rational and realistic view of the universe and the humans who live in it.”

Speaking of the criticism from Ben Ferguson last year, Moore said, “This year, we decided to take his advice and send out a message of celebration and collaboration.”

“[W]ithout the death of Jesus as God, atonement within Christian theology would be impossible,” Moore writes. “So great is this event, that Christians around the world commemorate it as ‘Good Friday.’ On this point, we can hopefully find no small level of agreement.”

Moore went on to say, “The death of God is of incredible significance for those who have moved beyond traditional religious beliefs and practices, and seek now to advance a humanistic ethic in a world where we have no benevolent deities to beg for blessings, nor tyrant gods to blame for miseries.”

As Christians find joy in “the sacrifice of the figure of Christ Jesus,” Moore adds, “your Humanist siblings are likewise jubilant at the death of God, and we embrace the necessity of sacrifice from one for each other, in the interest of advancing a human-centered ethic that benefits us all.”}

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