After thinking about Part I, I suppose it could take a whole book to get into “new age, humanistic, postmodern viewpoints, and even within the church” viewpoints and debates, so for now I shall do my best to not digress much, and just talk about Atheism. Try, I say… Let the games begin…
I am not here to critique books, and admittedly, I have not read any of these books yet, I intend to just show you the book, what it’s about, and at least one rebuttal from another source who has indeed read these books. This is simply to give you an idea of what is out there. Please, if you have read any of these, I would love your comments and thoughts, regardless if they agree with mine.
Let’s start with a few books:
Sam Harris wrote “Letter To A Christian Nation” which as his website put it:
“Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years. According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry here on earth. It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud, as it would suggest to them that the best thing that is ever going to happen was about to happen—the return of Christ. It should be blindingly obvious that beliefs of this sort will do little to help us create a durable future for ourselves—socially, economically, environmentally, or geopolitically. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency.The book you are about to read is my response to this emergency…”
One rebuttal to this book states:
“Sam Harris is clear about his secularist agenda. As such, Sam Harris claims to address Christians in a very narrow sense, as persons who believe, “at a minimum, that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that only those who accept the divinity of Jesus Christ will experience salvation after death.” Yet as one reads his book, it becomes patently obvious that these are not the only two doctrines of Christianity under attack. In Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris sets out “to demolish the intellectual and moral pretensions of Christianity in its most committed forms.” In response, I will be directing my comments to Mr. Harris and to any readers who may find his arguments persuasive. A “pretension” is an unsupportable claim. Yet, is Christianity truly unsupportable? Or does good, cogent, intellectual, historical, philosophical, and even scientific evidence exist to support Christianity?”
Christopher Hitchens wrote a book called, “God is Not Great – How Religion Poisons Everything” which states:
“No statistic will ever find that without (religious) blandishments and threats (atheists) commit more crimes of greed or violence than the faithful.” He also states in his book, “Religion wrote its last intelligible or noble or inspiring words a long time ago,” and “(religion) does not have the confidence in its own various preaching’s even to allow coexistence between different faiths.”
A review and response can be read here:
And my favorite book regarding atheism thus far is, “The God Delusion” by renowned atheist, Richard Dawkins. A rebuttal for this book has been written by Alister McGrath titled, “The Dawkins Delusion.”
In Dawkins’ book he states… wait… be careful…:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Need I say more what he thinks?
“The Dawkins Delusion” was put out not long after this, which is said to be very good. I heard a great debate between the two which you can download:
“Until recently, Western atheism had waited patiently, believing that belief in God would simply die out. But now a whiff of panic is evident. Far from dying out, belief in God has rebounded. The McGraths also point out the folly of believing that if religion were eliminated wars would cease: After all, conflicts often reflect human desires to declare some people as “in” and others as “out,” sometimes on the basis of religion, but at other times on the basis of race, ethnicity, tribe, class, gender, or whatever. Christianity is above all others the religion that seeks kindness to those in the out-group: Jesus told us to love our neighbors and even to love our enemies. When Christians fail to live up to His teachings it’s because of sin, not Christianity—and scapegoating religion delays efforts to deal with the real problems of social division,”
…so said one article.
Now, before I lose you… let me just state…
So many people are so ready and willing to violently attack Christians for various reasons. So many reasons, when looked at reasonably, cannot actually be correct, or proven, or are simple statements that ‘sound good’ to the speaker and they have no backing whatsoever. Let me be one to tell you… You want a reason Christianity is true? You want a reason that there is, in fact, a God out there? You want a real live, intelligent Creator, designer, of this world? Ah, my friend, He is there. He is real. He does care. He does love you. He does exist. He did create. Whether you believe it or not, He still exists. He isn’t in our minds, He is not our (Christian) crutch, and we don’t chase a pipe dream just to ‘get us through the day’. Who wants to chase a pipe dream anyway? Believe me this, I want truth. I want to know what it is I’m following and believing in, and I refuse to chase a pipe dream… a fanciful being that will help me get through the day. I want something real. I want someONE real. I found Him… and so can you.
More to come…