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Why the “new” atheists have prospered

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Two book by Douglas Wilson that I can’t recommend highly enough are “Letter From a Christian Citizen,” which is his direct response to Sam Harris’ “Letter to a Christian Nation,” and “God Is,” which is his response to Christopher Hitchens’ book, “God Is Not Great.” Wilson more than defends the Christian faith. He does so with very engrossing and entertaining prose and makes me proud to be a Christian. We need more of his tribe, which is why this thought by Joel McDurmon in the forward to “God Is” is so fitting:

The atheists (i.e., Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, et al) have prospered because we have let them. We have created a world in which Christianity is everywhere easily viewed as superficial and irrelevant. The atheists hope to pull back the curtain and find a stuttering old man controlling the great wizard. In many cases, they probably will. The proper response to all of this – among whatever else – must include something that engages the mind, and stimulates an appreciation of God’s creation and of the image of God – humanity – in its fullness. Empty pop-psychobabble, demographic-driven growth movements, and pious platitudes will not do. We need something richer, deeper, fuller, more challenging, and way, way more real.



Written by Michael Duenes

January 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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