We often find ourselves with the big questions in life. The major, most important questions…Origin, Meaning, Morality and Destiny.
That is to say:
1. How did I come into being?
2. What gives life meaning?
3. How do I know right from wrong?
4. Where am I headed after I die?(*)
I should like to expound on these questions on other blogs, but for now…
While I can appreciate those who choose to think for themselves, and not “check their brain at the door,” I feel that atheism, new atheism, has not offered much information or any answers to any of these questions. Most of the time, the new atheist spends simply attacking Christianity, attacking God, and attacking what they think to be wrong, while never offering up a better explanation.
“No new breakthroughs in science, discoveries in history, or developments in philosophy have overturned theism in general or Christianity in particular… The New Atheists generally do not argue for atheism. Instead, they attack religion. And they are very good at it. These writers have tremendous rhetorical appeal, overwhelming their opponents with dozens of objections fired off in rapid succession… The New Atheists think reason is on their side, science is on their side, and morality is on their side.”(*)
G.K. Chesterton one said,
“You are free in our time to say that God does not exist; you are free to say that He exists and is evil; you are free to say like Renan that He would like to exist if He could. You may talk of God as a metaphor or a mystification; you may water Him down with gallons of long words, or boil Him to the rags of metaphysics; and it is not merely that nobody punishes, but nobody protests. But if you speak of God as a fact, as a thing like a tiger, as a reason for changing one’s conduct, then the modern world will stop you somehow if it can. We are long past talking about whether an unbeliever should be punished for being irreverent. It is now thought irreverent to be a believer.”
Four questions is all it takes to make some sense of life. These four questions can give you the answers to so many, many other things. I believe there is insurmountable evidence that shows us in our lives today, that God does exist, that Jesus was His Son, and He is the only way. It should take a book to start writing them all down. Perhaps I will some time.
Our culture has taken such a major shift over these past years to think it almost wrong to believe in a God… One God, and that Jesus Christ was His Son. Atheism has never been “new” but it has taken on a new life form these days. More aggressive, more belligerent.
Christianity in America is headed towards an age of intolerance… that is, no tolerance for it… which for some countries has long since passed. But give me some good reasons why? I encourage you, if you don’t believe in Christianity, to take a good hard look at it. Don’t stand there and rail on it. Look in to it. Don’t go visit a church once, and say, “Good enough.” That will miss the whole point. Postmodern culture today calls for an open mind… Open your mind then, and see if He doesn’t just show up.
Culture here is stating that Christianity is intolerant, therefore get rid of it.
No. That statement is intolerant.
Culture here today is saying ‘What’s right for me, may not be right for you,” or “What’s true for me may not be true for you.”
No. Both of these cannot be right at the same time. Something is true, and it can’t be both.
I’ll leave you with one last thought by G.K. Chesterton again.
“…But the new rebel is a Sceptic, and will not entirely trust anything.
He has no loyalty; therefore he can never be really a revolutionist.
And the fact that he doubts everything really gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind; and the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institution he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it.
Thus he writes one book complaining that imperial oppression insults the purity of women, and then he writes another book (about the sex problem) in which he insults it himself.
He curses the Sultan because Christian girls lose their virginity, and then curses Mrs. Grundy because they keep it.
As a politician, he will cry out that war is a waste of life, and then, as a philosopher, that all life is waste of time.
A Russian pessimist will denounce a policeman for killing a peasant, and then prove by the highest philosophical principles that the peasant ought to have killed himself.
A man denounces marriage as a lie, and then denounces aristocratic profligates for treating it as a lie.
He calls a flag a bauble, and then blames the oppressors of Poland or Ireland because they take away that bauble.
The man of this school goes first to a political meeting, where he complains that savages are treated as if they were beasts; then he takes his hat and umbrella and goes on to a scientific meeting, where he proves that they practically are beasts.
In short, the modern revolutionist, being an infinite sceptic, is always engaged in undermining his own mines. In his book on politics he attacks men for trampling on morality; in his book on ethics he attacks morality for trampling on men.
Therefore the modern man in revolt has become practically useless for all purposes of revolt.
By rebelling against everything he has lost his right to rebel against anything…”