Living before the face of God
ince hearing about the supposedly “new” atheism I have been trying to ﬁgureout what’s so new about it. Its proponents are not saying anything differentthan their atheist ancestors have said throughout history. In truth, they are sim-ply using the same old spin on a new generation of skeptics. Take, for instance,new atheism proponent Richard Dawkins’ assertions. In his article “On Debating Religion,” he writes, “The hypothesis of God offers no worthwhile explanationfor anything” and “faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the needto think and evaluate evidence.” In his book
The Selﬁsh Gene
, he writes, “Faith ispowerful enough to immunize people against allappeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent humanfeelings.” None of this seems all that different fromthe old atheism of Karl Marx, who in 1844 wrote inhis introduction to
A Contribution to the Critiqueof Hegel’s Philosophy of Right
: “Religion is the sighof the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartlessworld, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is theopium of the people.”The trouble with this new atheism is that it isnot new at all but is the same old humanistic ser-mon that has been proclaimed on the soap box of cynicism throughout the ages.Nevertheless, perhaps what’s most troubling is that these new atheists employ popular-level arguments in order to give them the broadest appeal.What is even more troubling is that many Christians have shut their mouthsand closed their eyes, pretending that this humanistic, atheistic nonsense willall just go away without affecting our churches or our children. Make no mistakeabout it, the Lord God Almighty reigns, and because His kingdom shall overcome,we shall overcome by His grace and before His face,
. And althoughthese new atheists might call us deluded Christians, they are most certainly notdeluded in their mission to convert the undiscerning world to the god of atheism —they know full well for whom they’re working as they seek new ways to suppressthe eternal truth of God in their unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18).
Burk Parsons is editor of
magazine and minister of congregational life at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida.
The new breed of atheists employ popular-levelarguments togive them the broadest appeal.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Keith A. Mathison,
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