Stephen Green of Christian Voice asks, in essence, what atheists have done to improve the lot of ordinary people. He cites people like William Wilberforce, Thomas Barnado and Lord Shaftsbury as examples of Christian philanthropists, people who have had a major impact on changing the world. I take nothing away from these people or their achievements, nor do I deny that their faith drove them to do good things. But who in the world of atheism can match these people?

I'll give you a few names to chew on, Stephen:

George Soros

Andrew Carnegie

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bob Geldof

Warren Buffett

I'm sure this list just scratches the surface.

P.S. In previous correspondence, I tried to point out to Mr Green that the Quakers had a great deal to do with the campaign to end the slave trade. He rejected this fact, I think because the Society of Friends also has a long history of not opposing gay marriage.

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Comment by Frankie Dapper on December 12, 2012 at 3:27pm

Reducing number of christians is in and of itself positive for advancing equity. Guarantee that atheists are less racist, homophobic and misogynistic than christians.

When atheists are philanthropists it is not because they want to increase the likelihood of nice home in after-life.



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