Friday, October 15, 2010

Palmer Home

Palmer Home from City on a Hill Productions.

"Palmer Home for Children is a ministry to children in need; children who are growing up as social orphans without the nurture and support of a loving family; children who need a place to be and to become."
While the "New Atheists" are out loudly peddling the metanarrative that Christianity is bad for the world, I get to film the people who are quietly proving them wrong. Back in mid-May, City on a Hill Productions had the pleasure of filming this incredible residential children's home in Hernando and Columbus, MS. Palmer Home has a 115 year legacy and was featured in Christianity Today's article, "100 Things the Church is Doing Right."


Anonymous said...

Hi Richard,

The new atheists do not at all say that all of Christian activities are negative just that the same goals and activities can be accomplished without the superstition.

No one would complain about the youth home.

So no one is proving them wrong, they already state as much and quite clearly. Arguing against strawman positions isn't particuarlly honest.

Richard Ramsey said...

The subtitle of Christopher Hitchens' "God is Not Great" reads, "How Religion Poisons EVERYTHING" (emphasis mine).

One of the episode's of Richard Dawkins' documentary, "The God Delusion," is called "The Virus of Faith." Clearly, these guys are unequivocally making the case that religion is bad for the world.

Because Palmer Home is one of countless examples of Christians doing tremendous, life-saving good, the "religion-as-virus/poison" metanarrative is demonstrably false.

Also, Dawkins has frequently vehemently opposed providing religious instruction to children (even comparing it to child abuse). So, I imagine he would have a huge problem with the Palmer Home.

New atheists would indeed say Palmer Home's goals can be reached without "the superstition."

In some cases, sure. I'd agree.

But, let me know when you complete the documentary on Palmer Home's atheistic equivalent.

If you'd like to view documentaries on the abysmal failures of people and societies that tried to divorce morality from divinity, there's plenty on communism and the French Revolution.

Richard Ramsey said...

Oh, and also...I never found anonymity to be particular honest either.