Equal space, equal expression. I've observed that there was a perceived interest and need for some forum members to open and inhabit a forum thread called a "Non Religious Sanctuary," so it only seems logical that there must likewise be a need for those who are religious to have a sanctuary, a counterpart and counterpoint to much of the commentary directed against religious thoughts and perspectives. Only recently did I enter into the aforementioned thread, reading the curiosities of invective, hostility, ridicule, ignorance of the subject, and general misunderstandings written against the faiths so many of us dearly embrace. Naturally, out of respect and politeness, I have not posted any sort of comment or rebuttal in the other sanctuary. I can appreciate their line in the sand. Atheism: Ironically, the oldest reference to atheism I can locate is contained amongst the oldest of the Holy Bible's books, in a scripture purported to be authored by histories wisest individual, King Solomon, under the influence of the holy Spirit; " A fool in his heart says there is no God." "To you I'm an atheist, to God I'm the loyal opposition." ~ Woody Allen Is atheism dangerous? From a Biblical perspective. Certainly the Bible offers the inherent dangers faced by individuals and societies that eschew certain precise moral principles. From a secular humanist perspective. By this I'm meaning to address those atheists, such as Joseph Stalin, who were responsible for the genocide of multiple tens of millions of human beings. Though it must be understood, not all atheists are mass murders. Some are truly upstanding individuals. We must not villify a whole group of people for the heinous actions of a few. Is atheism a moral evil? Considering the first Commandment is basically to Worship God, it would seem from a Judeo-Christian standpoint the answer is yes. But why? That is something I'd like to explore. True Christianity: It is necessary, I believe, to present what scripture has to say of "false Christ's," and wolves in sheep's clothing, in order to address atrocities committed in the very name of God and Christ. Once this is addressed, it should succinctly dispel many atheist's charges against Christianity. The Bible speaks out in unison with many of the complaints of non-Christian's against alleged 'Christian' actions. As has been oft repeated, and once avowed by a local university professor:" Why do I believe in God? Simple logic; if the atheist is right I have lost nothing in subscribing to a benevolent philosophy. However, if the atheist is wrong I have lost everything." What does atheism have to offer? Truth? A truth that can nowhere be substantiated? But isn't that succinctly the atheist complaint against deity? Never once has the ghost of an atheist returned from the dead to proclaim in triumph "There is no God!" Conversely, history ancient and modern is replete with chronicles of N.D.E.'s, with multitudes of individuals describing encountering an afterlife and the existence of God, and untold hundreds of millions have reportedly given witness to encounters with a divine creator as well as the angelic and demonic. Atheism isn't "atheology," or a science, nor truly scientifically based in that there is no rational way to apply even the modest procedural requirements of The Scientific Method. Logic certainly cannot be applied to disproving God, as has been proven by quite a number of contemporary philosophers. And yet, logically, a theist can certainly validate God not appearing under a microscope, or jumping through any hoops. Man is simply arrogant. Atheism seems to derive itself in personal incorporation from either despondency, rebellion, or mere self-interest. If, self-interest, it is interesting to note the etymology of a particular word. Freud used the abbreviated word "Id" in characterizing part of his view of the psychological make-up of the human persona representing 'self,' derived from the Greek word 'Idios', from which we get our modern word "idiot.