Thursday, November 14, 2013

Matt C. Abbott: "The psychology of atheism"

Matt C. Abbott column
The psychology of atheism

Matt C. Abbott
Matt C. Abbott
November 14, 2013

First, please keep the people of the Philippines, many of whom have been suffering immensely since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region in recent days, in your prayers. There are several humanitarian organizations to which we can donate, including Caritas in Veritate International and the Tim Tebow Foundation.

(As an aside, it saddens me that some commentators continue to mock and express contempt for the avowed Christian Tim Tebow. Case in point: A few days ago, Chicago sports talk radio personalities Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein – who have a reputation for criticizing and mocking various persons in the sports world, not to mention many of the listeners who call their show and the occasional conservative politician – were talking about Tebow possibly being a sports commentator. Even though they didn't mention Tebow by name in the segment, it was obvious who they were talking about. One of the two referred to Tebow as "a big steaming pile of dung with lips" while the other laughed. Ugh!)

Also, please pray for Catholic activist and blogger Thomas Peters, who was severely injured in a swimming accident on July 16, 2013. Click here for Thomas' recent reflection on what has occurred in regard to his life-changing injury.

Last but not least, please pray for Michael Terry, the 10-year-old son of veteran pro-life and conservative activist Randall Terry. Michael is battling cancer. Click here for updates.

The following is a brief interview with Paul C. Vitz, Ph.D., author of Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. Below that is the preface (sans footnotes) to the book's 2013 edition. Thanks to Kevin Wandra of Carmel Communications for facilitating the interview with Dr. Vitz; and to Mark Brumley of Ignatius Press for allowing me to publish the book's preface in this column.

Click here to order a copy directly from the publisher.

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at

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