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    Chapter Four: To the Non-Christian (Part Two)

    In the previous chapter, I spent some time speaking to non-Christians with definite religious convictions, whether convinced atheists or adherents to other world religions. In this chapter, I would extend my audience, and speak to those of you who are agnostic in some sense. Perhaps you are blithely agnostic – you have given little thought to the whole matter of religion, you don't know for sure what to think of spirituality and the afterlife, but your agnosticism is not an uncertainty born of deep thought and bitter striving of spirit. It surrounds you like the atmosphere, it is as natural as the air you breathe, you are frankly so busy with the affairs of this life that you have no time even to consider seriously whether you are an atheist, an agnostic, or anything else. Or maybe you genuinely are agnostic; you have struggled and striven with the weighty things of eternity, but to no avail, and with no blessed end of the peace of certain conviction for your souls. Perhaps you are downcast and depressed, or cynical and bitter. Perhaps you are seeking for something to believe in, something great enough to satisfy your empty heart. But in any case, no matter what your particular situation may be, you do not have definite, settled convictions on the topic of religion. It is to you that I now speak. God grant that you may find the certainty which you lack in the blessed truth of Christianity!

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    Posted by Nathan on June 1, 2009 10:48 AM

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