Thank God for
the New Atheists
A Sermon by the Reverend
So let today’s collective wisdom revitalize our faith traditions! Let us rejoice in the discovery that the
atoms of our bodies were forged inside supernovas, and let us celebrate this natural process as divine.
Let the story of evolution be told in ways that engender familial love and gratitude that we are related to
everything—not just monkeys, but jellyfish and flatworms too. Let us marvel at how rapidly our species
has learned to care and cooperate in ever-widening circles: from family groups and tribes all the way to
nation-states, and now globally.
I foresee a time when religious leaders get their guidance and inspiration from humanity’s common
creation story and teach and preach the discoveries of science as God's word. When that day comes,
our faith traditions will thrive and many of us will look back and exclaim, “Thank God for the New