The likes of Chris Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dennett and Hedges have become the celebrated apostles of a naturalistic faith. Their assumptions about the validity of reason over faith start with their adherence to evolutionary natural selection. Other assumptions about the nature of Christianity flow from that. Having become the darlings of an anti-Christian deconstruction of real truth they promote their false religion all over You Tube and around the universities and public auditoriums in Billy Graham like crusades to convince the western world that their nihilistic nonsense is the stuff of rationality and social progress.
Why would they dedicate their lives to dismantling the Christian world view; the philosophy and faith system that has given us such things as love your enemy, do good to those who would harm you, love your neighbour as yourself, turn the other cheek, forgive as you have been forgiven, don’t murder, steal, covet what others have, or cheat. Why on earth would they want to deny many the hope of life after death and the promise of forgiveness of sin. What about the Christian doctrines of free will, individual responsibility and good citizenship from which the western world developed its belief in human rights and personal freedom. It didn’t come from the Greeks, the Romans, the enlightenment or any foreign philosophy. The Greeks and Romans were slave centered societies that self-destructed in civil war. The enlightenment gave us the French Revolution with its bloody tyrannous and European wide war contrast with the Christian-based American Revolution.
Jesus said by their fruit you will know them. What has been the fruit of the naturalistic philosophy that has blossomed as today’s liberal humanism? Vast numbers of humans have been killed in wars and genocides on an unprecedented scale as naturalistic Marxism and evolutionary humanism took hold. About 260 million were killed by atheistic governments in the last century alone. Contrast that with Christianity’s record. According the Encyclopedia of War only about 3% of all wars have some direct connection with Christianity, so causalities caused by such wars, compared with the toll exacted by atheism, has been tiny by comparison. Don’t forget too that conflict attributable to Christianity, like the Thirty Years War and the Crusades were fought for just and compelling reasons, while the huge conflicts arising from other reasons were more often than not largely unjustified. The First World War and the genocide committed by Marxist regimes are obvious examples. After all, if people are merely evolved animals arranged in economic classes, relying on a moral system that relies solely on only man-made law alone, where are the compelling reasons to respect human life or human rights. True to the logical conclusions to be drawn from naturalism what is wrong with culling humans in their tens of millions to achieve goals justified by a man-centred ideology. It’s just survival of the fittest. Ask Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler and the aristocracies of the first world war era. With no God to answer to they felt justified in sacrificing millions on the altars of their self-interest, positional power and pride.
Harris, Dawkins, Dennet, Atkins, Hedges and Hitchens (who is now, in death, discovering the terrible realities of a misdirected life) deserve the vitriol Christ reserved for the false religious leaders of his time. They are the proselytes of wicked ideas, high priests of death, apostles of nihilism, wolves in sheep’s clothing, deluded, arrogant and insolent apostles of a monstrous fraud.
Christopher Hitchens may have won the Oscar for the lowest it is possible to go when he claimed in a public debate that it was Christendom that orchestrated WWI. Like all good lies his argument was based on one author’s claims in a book on the subject. Manifestly, the First World War was the product of ambition, pride and the will to power – all ‘attributes’ scorned by true Christianity. Its orchestrators may or may not have claimed a Christian faith, but since they were not practicing it claiming they were representing its tenets when they took Europe into war is false. If any of those who made WWI possible attributed their motivations to Christianity they were misrepresenting Christian doctrine and philosophy. The only one with any right to orchestrate war under the Christian world view is God himself. In all other circumstances the Christians only justification for war is a purely defensive action based on established just war principles. Christians are not called to be pacifists, but neither are they called to be protagonists. If anyone is responsible for war it is the Austrian aristocracies determination to blame the whole of Serbia for the actions of one man and Germany’s willingness to support that course of action.
Christian apologists need to stop being nice to the likes of Harris and Dawkins et al. It’s possible to take 1 Peter 3:15 too far. As a general rule Christians should be respectful, understanding and calm, in the face of unbelief, but that deference should not be extended to those who peddle the doctrines of demons. Jesus called a spade a spade when it came to false teachers and the Apostles followed his example. The gloves should come off. By all means conduct public debates with these gentlemen, but move beyond philosophic argument to direct attacks on the harm their thinking has and will cause to society and to individuals. Let’s just give what has been said so far some more shape by quickly outlining the fraudulent creed these snake oil charlatans are peddling:
First and foremost they trumpet their central dogma – evolution. Without a belief in evolution the default condition is theism, so evolution is the most important doctrine of atheism. But its validity is paper thin. Most people don’t know this because they never bother to look closely at the alternative evidence. They have been so thoroughly brainwashed in true Goebbels-like fashion, that they accept an unproven theory as truth. There are alternative non-evolutionary evidences for every aspect of evolutionary dogma. <BOOKS> How anyone can think everything there is came from nothing calls for a blind faith par excellence. A Christian faith is never blind, but ultimately faith in evolution is. Boiled down, the built in genetic ability of species to adapt to their environment, is blown out of all proportion to justify all that evolutionary theory is. The very idea that a genus of apes hoped out of the trees defies any concept of natural selection and the survival of the fittest and yet it is the central dogma of the man from apes nonsense.
The application of atheistic ‘reason’ lead to humanistic travesties. Reason, based on a misguided world view is a false god and a very unreliable friend. It led to evolutionary theory when reason itself is defied by the sheer complexity at the molecular level. Human reason has not even come close explaining the very start of life. Dawkins admits this but in an act of blind faith he dismisses this yawning gulf in knowledge by simply claiming we will understand it one day. Is this the reason he relies on? Hypocritically, evolutionists accuse Christians of a blind faith (not true) when they have to rely on it themselves. Reason indeed. Then there is the reason that lead to the so called enlightenment philosophers like Hegel, Nietzsche and Rousseau that gave us the bloody French revolution, the Marxist and fascist holocausts and that other religion that teaches suicide bombings and beheading others is a fast track to paradise. Reason is a very poor rationale for human fallibility and inhumanity. It is a false God.
Like Hitler and the Nazis atheists shout ‘Juden’ about Christianity and have spawned all sorts of legalised persecutions against Christians in the so-called free west. Reason has dictated intolerance and ostracism.
Atheistic reason has given us the terrible neo-liberal economic model, with its reliance on large corporations with no allegiance democratically to human rights or justice, mountains of unsustainable debt that is enslaving future generations to even bigger state sponsored theft in the form of taxation and inflation. This is human reason?
Christianity relies on truth. The truth is this: the existence of God is the best explanation for a well-ordered and finely tuned cosmos. The tenets of biblical philosophy have always provided the best principles for an ordered and advance human condition. As atheistic social policy has moved away from this standard western societies have become increasingly strained by dysfunction, dependence and the threat of a dystopic future. The cost in lives, taxation, debt, crime, family breakdown, mental disorders, child abuse, poverty and substance dependence has been huge. Abortion coupled to rising rates of death caused by moral decline and lost hope have been the West’s post-WWII holocaust. Victory for the principles that made western civilisation possible have been turned into an irresponsible licence to overturn them by a self-indulgent generation happy to squander the legacy handed down to them by their forebears. Human rights and technological progress only originated in the Christianised states of the West; something atheists, despite this obvious fact, deny or ignore by the application of their much vaunted but extremely selective reason. Christians embraced science as the best basis, next to biblical theology, for the advance of humanity. Nearly all the ground-breaking scientists were devout Christians, as were those who led the advances in human rights. The illogic of atheistic reason denies these obvious and basic truths.
Let’s close with this observation by a leading Chinese scholar who has this to say about western success: “…In the last twenty years we have realised that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. This is why the West is so powerful. The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.” From David Aikman’s 2003 book: Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.