Danny Akin – Openly Secular

Jun 1, 2015

Danny Akin, President of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is coming out in support of Openly Secular! He thinks we can all agree that people must be treated with mutual respect and love, and not be discriminated against for differences of belief.

5 comments on “Danny Akin – Openly Secular

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    Cairsley says:

    Good words from Mr Akin. But surely what he advocates here is just normal civil society. It is sad that there was ever thought to be a need for such a video reminding us of the intrinsic value of each and every citizen, irrespective of beliefs and worldviews and life-philosophies. The polarization of attitudes in the USA must be extraordinary if citizenship in that country is held to be of such little import among its own citizens that some of them will not work on common issues with others who happen not to share their worldview.

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    GreatLakes says:

    Truth is not a variable. Facts and fairy tales are not equivalent. “Respecting” fairy tales is not “civility”, rather, the antithesis of same.

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    G_Crotty says:

    Well this is the first time I have seen a thiest embrase the secular movement. There might be others and if so, that is great. I support finding common principles that are needed to build a secular society regardless of their religeous origin.

    It is also important to remeber that change comes from the first person to walk in the other direction, to go against the standard. Following standard beliefs and group thought is easy, trying to show a need to do things differently is tough but rewarding when it evolves the situation

    I openly accept someones desire to be different and walk in the opposite direction

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  • “The Openly Secular video of the week is of the president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary embracing the right of believers and nonbelievers alike to hold their views without facing coercion or discrimination. Can religious people and leaders and atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers make common cause with one another in protecting all of our rights?”

    Moller: If ‘rights’is something ‘allowed or given’ to us by any authority, law or institution, then coercion and discrimination cannot but be its motivating principle. Rights is our birthright, and it is not to be taken away first, and then re-introduced in a modified, conditioned and ultimately dehumanizing manner.

    And the most fundamental right is our right to seek for order, truth, a greater humanity and a holistic expression of what it means to be human. This is not a right we claim over and above the way we live, but as integral to our human condition. And my sense is that until there is a grasp that both the secular quest for realism, beauty and a more humane expression of our humanity, and the religious mind’s search for the same via its projections and beliefs are founded on our innate need for truth, compassion and wisdom, we will believe that we are truly separate and even opposing in our views.
    But this need not be so. The search comes from the same place and through the ages has found different expressions. It is that which motivates and inspires the search that can bind us all together, not its diverse expression.

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