Ratio Christi: Taking on the Spaghetti Monster
By Chuck Colson
On March 24th, the masses are expected to descend on the Washington Mall for what is being labeled as “largest secular event in world history.” The ill-named “Reason Rally” will celebrate atheism, complete with live music, food, comedians, and a speaker line-up that includes famed atheists like Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers.
I don’t know about you, but it strikes me as strange that people — like the members of Missouri State University’s atheist club known as the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” — are gathering to revel in their shared bond of not believing in something.
It might sound like nonsense to you or me, but maybe not too many Americans in the under-30 crowd. While there are no hard facts on how many young Americans don’t believe in God, we do know that atheist — or non-theist — groups are on the rise on college campuses, filled with kids who grew up in Christian homes.
According to the Barna Research Group, three in five “Christian” kids abandon the church after the age of 15. Eighty-four percent of 18- to 29- year olds who call themselves “Christians” admit that they have no idea how the Bible applies to their occupation.
It’s no understatement that the church has done a poor job in teaching our young people that reason and faith are not opposites, and that atheists are far from being on the side of reason. You can find on our website a chart which I use to demonstrate the various worldviews work out, and which one, Christianity, is rational. Many kids, however, who grow up huddled in a Christian environment find themselves in the university setting completely unequipped to defend the rationality of the Christian faith…
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