throughout the course of this essay, but sufficient for the time is to say that this is where the idea
of „blind faith‟ comes from.
The battle against faith has taken its contemporary form with the rise of what has beencalled the New Atheism. Leading this movement are Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, SamHarris, and the late Christ
opher Hitchens, who have been termed the „Four Horsemen‟ of New
While they may suffer overexposure in the media in response to their views, it seemswarranted, as they are the most outspoken and aggressive in the movement. As such, eachdemands a succinct quote in regards to the opinions atheists have regarding faith.Dennett writes that faith insists upon foundational incomprehensibilities as centraltenets.
Dawkins states that reason is the greatest enemy of faith.
Harris writes that “faith
epresents . . . a vanishing point beyond which rational discourse proves impossible,”
andHitchens seems to have believed, as he was writing his book
god is not Great
, and even as I am
writing these words now, that “people of faith are in their different
ways planning your and mydestruction, and the destruction of all the hard-
won human attainments.”
Granted, what has been just presented may seem like biased proof-texting, but it can beassured that no more complimentary sentiments regarding faith are expressed by these authors. It
can safely be said that, in their regard, „faith‟ is not a viable alternative mindset, and they would
like to convince you that this is so. But, are their claims about faith justified? Is faithfoundationally incomprehensible? Does it regard reason as an enemy? Is it possible to discourse
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