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Tabletalk Magazine August 2008

Tabletalk Magazine August 2008

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Published by Ligonier Ministries
The New Atheism. In the opening page, editor Burk Parsons sets the stage by showing us how this new atheism is actually not new at all. That is followed by R.C. Sproul encouraging us to be constantly on our guard against irrational arguments. Next, Ravi Zacharias provides a solid, biblical answer to the accusation that Christians are mentally deluded. Then, John Blanchard explains convincingly that contrary to popular belief, science does not rule out the biblical account of God as Creator, followed by David Robertson revealing to us the true face of evil.
The New Atheism. In the opening page, editor Burk Parsons sets the stage by showing us how this new atheism is actually not new at all. That is followed by R.C. Sproul encouraging us to be constantly on our guard against irrational arguments. Next, Ravi Zacharias provides a solid, biblical answer to the accusation that Christians are mentally deluded. Then, John Blanchard explains convincingly that contrary to popular belief, science does not rule out the biblical account of God as Creator, followed by David Robertson revealing to us the true face of evil.

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FROM LIGONIER MINISTRIES AND R.C. SPROUL
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AUGUST 2008
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$3.00
 
THENEW
ATHEISM
 
New Dog, Old Tricks
BY BURK PARSONS
 
CORAM DEO
 Living before the face of God
S
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,
coram Deo
. 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 
Tabletalk
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.
PUBLISHER
 
 Ligonier Ministries
 
EXECUTIVE EDITOR
 
 R.C. Sproul
 
EDITOR
 
 Burk Parsons
SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR
 
Chris Donato
ASSOCIATE EDITORS
Keith A. Mathison,
 
 Robert Rothwell
PRODUCTION MANAGER
 
 Scott Devor
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
 
Geoff Stevens
ART DIRECTOR
 
 Monty Morgan
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
 
Chris Larson
MARKETING MANAGER
 
 John Cobb
CIRCULATION
 Dawn Sanders
Tabletalk 
(usps 009-013) is published monthly by Ligonier Ministries, Inc., 400 Technology Park, Lake Mary, FL 32746. Annual subscription price (12 issues): $20.00.Periodicals postage paid at Lake Mary, FL, and additional mailing offices. The daily Bible studies are copyright 2008, Ligonier Ministries, Inc. Unless noted, all Scripturequotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
POSTMASTER
: Send address changes to Ligonier Ministries, 400 Technology Park, Lake Mary, FL 32746-6229.
 
FEATURES
18
4
Faith and Reason
RIGHT NOW COUNTS FOREVER
B
Y
R.C. S
PROUL
t a b l e t a l k 
contents
14
Has ScienceGot Rid of God?
B
Y
J
OHN
B
LANCHARD
The True Face of Evil
B
Y
D
AVID
A. R
OBERTSON
DAILY STUDIESCOLUMNSAUGUST 2008
VOLUME 32 | NUMBER 8
IN THIS ISSUE
{
THE NEW ATHEISM
}
God’s Dupes?
B
Y
R
AVI
K. Z
ACHARIAS
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23Into the Word25United in Truth and LoveBy Robert Rothwell34For the RecordBy Joel R. Beeke45The Generous LandownerBy Jerry Bridges52True GreatnessBy Tom Ascol59The Joy of the LordBy Greg Barolet64Pastor’s PerspectiveBy Philip G. Ryken68Pro Ecclesia: For the ChurchBy Carl R. Trueman70Generation to Generation By Steven J. Lawson74Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read By Keith A. Mathison80Seek Ye First By R.C. Sproul Jr.82Truth and ConsequencesBy Gene Edward Veith

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