05 April 2016

Is belief in Christ a dangerous idea?

The extraordinary progress of humanity has not solved our deepest questions. Air travel, central heating, cars that don't (often) break down, and pain-free dentistry – all good things in themselves can't on their own deliver what all of us need – the power of a story to which we belong, one that provides us with grounding, purpose, perspective and meaning. Life remains mysterious in all the areas that really matter to us, like love and friendship, beauty and tragedy, transcendence and the search for wisdom.

Journalist and author Peter Hitchens said of the Easter story: "The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that that Jesus Christ is the son of God and rose from the dead ... that is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter. [It's dangerous] because it alters the whole of human behaviour and all our responsibilities. It turns the universe from meaningless chaos into a designed place in which there is justice and there is hope and therefore we all have the duty to discover the nature of that justice and work towards that hope."

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