Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Modern Reformation: The New Atheism

Christians who feel besieged by the atheist onslaught in recent years would do well to know their history.

Quote from Skepticism, Agnosticism and Atheism: A Brief History of Unbelief
by M. Z. Hemingway in Modern Reformation.

This article is only one of many in this months issue of Modern Reformation on "The New Atheism". For a list of all the articles, see HERE.

Here's a description the magazine provides:
In this issue of Modern Reformation, we set out to give you the tools you need to understand and interact with the so-called "New Atheism" that is flexing its muscles in our post-Christian societies. First up, our resident journalist Mollie Z. Hemingway traces the contours of atheism through the history of philosophy and spirituality. Next, Lutheran theologian Adam Francisco brings us up to date by introducing us to the primary proponents of the New Atheism: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett. Then trial lawyer and apologist Craig Parton discusses the intellectual arguments atheists use to prove their point; Scottish Presbyterian pastor and apologist David Robertson takes us through his recent response to Richard Dawkins and shows us how to counter the arguments that they use against Christianity; and our editor-in-chief Michael Horton finishes up the issue by showing how our own versions of Christianity can short-circuit our apologetics and evangelism.

1 comment:

  1. Having just read the article. I weep over the history of the church in the past and even presently fueled and continues to fuel the fire of atheism. We have to get back to the truth of Christ. He taught us how to combat atheism and false teachings intelligently and practically in the Sermon on the Mount. The beatitudes can only come from those who are truley His. There is no difference with our "social, health/wealth, simplistic 4 spiritual laws" approach. No wonder we are left with surrying for answers to the new atheists...he sees no battle, he thinks he's fighting "Mickey Mouse Chrisitanity". Christ defended the faith with scriptures used inteligently (consider the apologetics of the temptation of Christ...or read Ravi Zacharias or John MacArthur on the topic). Will my comments stir responses? Who knows. I just know I need to "study to show...be prepared to give an answer...looking for that Blessed Hope..."