NASHVILLE (BP) — Holiday billboards sponsored by an atheist group that call the Christmas story a “fairy tale” are indirect evidence of the “continuing cultural strength of Christianity” in the view of a Southern Baptist apologist.
Atheists “feel that they need to do this sort of thing to mark themselves out as brave and distinct,” Mark Coppenger, professor of Christian apologetics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press. “If Christmas had just been watered down to nothing, if there was no longer something of a theistic consensus in America, then I think they would find these billboards pointless.”
Beginning Dec. 1, the New Jersey-based American Atheists sponsored billboards in Memphis, Nashville, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Fort Smith, Ark., featuring a picture of a young girl with the caption, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.” The bottom of the billboard has information about the American Atheists’ national convention in April. Continue reading →