Student proselytizing

The article Students move in faith appeared in the ISU Daily today, showing the Christian perspective of student proselytizing, taken to the extreme of 50+ students changing schools to start a new ministry. An article tomorrow will show the ethical and administrative perspectives.

What are your thoughts on the article, and on these questions?

    The full text of the article is reposted here for posterity because the ISU Daily search engine does not work well and we want to be sure that anyone who wants to read the article can find it.

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    Should atheists use terms like good and evil?

    The follow is a post from a moral philosopher named Alonzo Fyfe arguing that yes we should. I wanted to post it because I have heard a lot of atheists (I used to say it myself) who won’t use moral terms when discussing morality. His blog is located here.

    “Finishing up this week’s theme on how nice atheists should be I would like to note a continuing deficiency among atheist writers – the degree to which they shun genuine moral language – terms like virtue and evil.

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    AAS gets national news coverage!

    As many of you know, AAS had an AP religion reporter on campus for the Ask an Atheist booth and the Superstition Bash. The resulting story is a fairly accurate picture of who we are and why we gather in this student organization. We’re already getting many responses to the article. If you’re visiting this site because of this article, feel free to share your views in the comments. The article is reprinted here in full for posterity, but will be removed upon request of the owner of the material. Select positive and negative responses to the article will be posted here on the AAS blog.

    Atheist student groups flower on college campuses

    By ERIC GORSKI Sat Nov 21, 2:05 pm ET

    AP Photo by Charlie Neibergall

    AMES, Iowa – The sign sits propped on a wooden chair, inviting all comers: “Ask an Atheist.”

    Whenever a student gets within a few feet, Anastasia Bodnar waves and smiles, trying to make a good first impression before eyes drift down to a word many Americans rank down there with “socialist.”

    Bodnar is the happy face of atheism at Iowa State University. Once a week at this booth at a campus community center, the PhD student who spends most of her time researching the nutritional traits of corn takes questions and occasional abuse while trying to raise the profile of religious skepticism.

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    Should the MU have a chapel?

    ChapelKevin Zimmerman, a 3rd year graduate student at ISU in Human Development and Family Studies, will make a brief presentation (about 15 min) at our meeting on Sept 17 about the chapel in the Memorial Union (shown here). He has prepared a letter to introduce his ideas, which you may find below.

    As Kevin mentions in this letter, this is not the first time that this issue has been raised. In August 2007, Professor Warren Blumenfeld wrote a letter to the Daily  (reprinted after Kevin’s letter for your convenience) that caused a minor controversy but did not result in removal of the religious symbols.  Some students took the opportunity to respond and express their views (two letters of differing opinions reprinted after Dr. Blumenfeld’s for your convenience, you may find more at the ISU Daily).

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