Parker Palmer

Practical Atheism

Benjamin Warfield and Parker Palmer agree on this!

Many years ago, in his essay, Leading From Within, Parker Palmer talked about "functional atheism." By this, Palmer meant the Christian leader who speaks about God, but who lives, acts and leads in a way that believes if anything good is going to happen, it is pretty much up to the leader to make it happen.

Functional Atheism!
That phrase got my attention, because it described my journey. I believed in God, but there was very little prayerful dependence on God. For all intents and purposes, the way I led indicated I believed exactly what Parker Palmer described. It was up to my hard work to make good things happen!

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