The Faithless Versus The Faithful

The Missionaries go toe to toe – The End of Faith vs. The Purpose of Driven Life is going to be a series of posts: A Christian missionary proposed to the Atheist Missionary an intellectual challenge – each is going to read a book suggested by the other, critiquing each chapter. The Christian suggested The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, which the Atheist Missionary writes:

…I wish I had a video to post on youtube of me buying your book. I would have been less embarassed to buy a how-to manual on masturbation. In any event, I plucked down my $15.99 Cdn. and have cracked open a tall can of Pilsner Urquell to help me through your introduction.

I look forward to reading the views of both sides.

What the hell is happening in Canada?

Perhaps some of our non-Canadian (and Canadian) readers are asking that question. Probably not, but in case you are, Neil McDonald from the CBC does a fine job of dumbing it down for everyone. I recommend reading the whole article, but here’s a taste:

A few weeks ago, we had an election in Canada, a couple of weeks before yours, actually. A political party known as the Conservatives won.

Well, sort of. They didn’t win in the sense that most of you understand winning. I’ll get to that in a second.

They also aren’t what most of you would consider conservative.

They support what you call socialized medicine, they believe in protecting a Canadian-controlled banking system, they believe in government as a vehicle for transferring wealth between regions, and they’ve actually muzzled party members who tried to make abortion a campaign issue.

In fact, instead of making his Sunday trip to church a photo opportunity, our Conservative leader refuses to discuss his faith in public. (Like many Americans, he’s an evangelical Christian).