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Le pape Tawadros : "La manière de s'adresser aux athées est le dialogue, la patience et l'amour"

Le pape Tawadros : "La manière de s'adresser aux athées est le dialogue, la patience et l'amour" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The ways to address atheists is through dialogue, whether at home or in church, and patience,Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church said at a sermon on Wednesday.

If a recalcitrant man deals with someone who loves him, he will change, the pope added.

The pope said when man wants to rebel against the authority of God, he also rebels against himself. This is when humans do not accept themselves and escape to crime or addiction, according to Tawadros.

There are always waves of atheism, Pope Tawadros continued, adding that some philosophies that emerged 100 years ago paved the way for atheism, trying to proliferate in every possible way through classes like atheists and existentialists.

Pope Francis I called earlier on atheists to unite with believers of all religions for peace in December, celebrating his first Christmas as the pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

He also sent an open letter to founder of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica Eugenio Scalfari in September, stating that God’s mercy includes those “who turn to him with a sincere and contrite heart,” in which case the issue for unbelievers “lies in his or her conscience.”

In a papal announcement in June, Pope Francis said: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists.”

Additional reporting by Michael Fares.

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Debating Atheism in the Heart of Cairo

Debating Atheism in the Heart of Cairo | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Young Egyptians recently gathered in an Old Cairo mosque to debate the existence of God—challenging stereotypes and showing what the media is missing: signs of society opening up.
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Like many men in predominantly Muslim Egypt, Mohamed Abdelfattah was named after Islam’s most famous prophet. But he thinks the faith represented by his namesake is being challenged like never before in modern Egyptian society. While the world warily watches the country’s new Muslim Brotherhood president, also named Mohamed, this young journalist thinks everyone’s missing the real story: Egypt’s seismic search for meaning.

Abdelfattah makes his case by way of a recent debate headlined “Atheism and how atheists think” that was held—of all places—at an old Cairo mosque.

During the event, one 18-year-old Egyptian high school student proclaimed: “As an atheist, I believe that faith is against our very humanity and the source of warfare and bloodshed.” That’s a bold statement in Egypt, and certainly a bold thing to say to a mostly Muslim audience. Indeed, Abdelfattah said it was the first time he’d seen a public meeting on the subject of atheism, which had been considered, he said, “sensitive and taboo” before the opening up of society heralded by the ousting of longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak two years ago.

But past perceptions are changing fast, he says, detailing the February 16th event exclusively for Millennial Letters. Some specifics of the event have been withheld for the safety of those involved.

The four-hour exchange started with a 40-minute presentation on atheism that seemed more or less a discussion starter. The speaker gave a historical account of atheism since classical times and concluded with the state of disbelief in modern Arab and Egyptian histories.

This was followed by arguments for and against the existence of a God taken from among a crowd of several hundred, with each participant limited to two minutes. (World Affairs)

 

More : http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/kristin-deasy/debating-atheism-heart-cairo


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Un nouveau livre du journaliste Mounir Adib: "L'athéisme : entre les idées des athées et leur migration."

Un nouveau livre du journaliste Mounir Adib: "L'athéisme : entre les idées des athées et leur migration." | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Ce sujet est souvent mal compris par beaucoup d'Egyptiens. 
L'ouvrage tente d'interpréter le phénomène, sa prolifération et la relation entre la rébellion politique et la rébellion religieuse, un concept qui a émergé après la révolution du 25 Janvier. 
Il aborde l'athéisme d'une manière différente, présentant des exemples de personnes qui ont eu des doutes, mais ont choisi finalement de devenir croyantes.
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By Sherif al-Dawakhly
A new book by journalist Mounir Adib, a specialist in Islamic movements, was released under the title "Atheism: Between the Ideas of Atheists and their Migration."

The 185-page book penetrates the world of atheists, a topic unfamiliar and often misunderstood by many Egyptians.

It attempts to interpret the phenomenon, its proliferation and the relationship between political rebellion and religious rebellion, a concept that has emerged after the 25 January revolution.

The book addresses atheism in a different manner, presenting examples of people who had doubts, but chose to become believers in the end. 

The author does not tackle the ideology of atheism except in one chapter that is allotted to refute some of its beliefs. He also presents debates between atheists and believers. 

In that sense, the book is not a mere refutation of atheism, which may discourage the doubtful or atheists from reading it.

Adib said that shedding light on social phenomena helps us understand them and brings people with conflicting ideas closer to one another through dialogue. 

He added that atheists claim that they have a large following in Egypt, but there is no precise count due to religious and social restrictions that prevent open discussion about this phenomenon. 

Egyptian research centers have left statistics relating to the issue to foreign centers.

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Egyptien et athée, et alors ?

Egyptien et athée, et alors ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 

L'athéisme est-il un phénomène générationnel en Egypte? C'est une question que se pose l'éditorialiste Rana Allam dans les colonnes du site d’information Daily News Egypt.

L’Egypte n’est pourtant pas le premier pays auquel on penserait pour parler «d’athéisme». La vie quotidienne des Egyptiens est régie par la religion dominante, l’islam sunnite.

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Le vendredi, jour de prière, des millions d’Egyptiens se rendent à la mosquée pour suivre le prêche du cheikh. Même les moins pratiquants ne dérogent pas à ce rendez-vous hebdomadaire. 

Et pourtant… Rana Allam décèle les prémices d’une progression de l’athéisme parmi les jeunes générations. Un constat qu'elle a même fait dans entourage proche.

Elle raconte le cas d’un jeune homme de 17 ans qui refuse d’aller à la mosquée, car les propos de l’imam vont à l’encontre de son idéologie politique et le conforte dans son athéisme.

La journaliste du Daily News Egypt cite le cas d’un autre enfant de 13 ans qui ne supporte plus d’écouter les propos calomnieux de l’imam à l’encontre des femmes non-voilées.

«Nous envoyons nos enfants dans des écoles internationales qui donnent la pire éducation arabe et religieuse possible (…) Nous sommes des gens qui croient au paradis et à l'enfer, à la récompense et à la punition...», confie Rana Allam.

 

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L'article de Rana Allam dans Daily News Egypt (en anglais) :

http://dailynewsegypt.com/2013/01/07/a-generation-of-atheists/

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