Beware The New Atheists

Did you know that the English-speaking world is in the midst of an Atheistic revival? It is fueled by a small but widely celebrated group of authors and thinkers who call themselves “the Brights”, and who lecture, debate and write best-selling books which have a wide following among young college and University students.

These are not your father’s atheists either. They are articulate, impassioned, and effective at the use of the media, and the internet. The “new Atheists” believe that the old atheists were too tolerant of religion, and not aggressive enough in their attacks upon it. To them, religion is not benign it is a retrograde evil which society can no longer afford to tolerate.

They also insist that one doesn’t need God to be moral, and in fact they posit that morality without a fear of punishment or hope of reward is purer and more virtuous than that which is motivated by religion. “Be good for goodness sake” was the slogan put on atheistic advertising on public transport in London England.

The danger to beware of is not their arguments, which are not much different from the worn out , long discredited talking points  of everyone from Voltaire, Hume, Nietzsche, down to the bitter village atheist of  yesteryear. All have been and hopefully will be rebutted by Christian apologists for this generation.

The reason I say we should beware of them, is twofold; first because of their suave packaging and sophisticated use of multi media and internet. These people come across like they know what they are talking about.

Secondly,  to put it bluntly, the youth for the most part, are all too ill-equipped to think through these specious arguments, and are proving to be vulnerable to these modern sophists. Frankly, the decay in standards of education, the shift from Logos centered thought, antithesis,logic, facts and reason, to consensus and image based education has left many open to these attacks at the University.

Shockingly it is almost a fad for young people raised in traditional christian homes to “come out as atheists” at university, and there are websites and you tube videos that teach them how best to “break it to their parents”.

There are popular you tube videos such as “What if I’m Wrong”, in which young people rationalise that if their choice to become an Atheist turns out to be wrong, they would still reject the christian God on philosophical and moral grounds, marshalling accusations against the God of the Bible, such as His command to slaughter Canaanites, or his statutes against homosexuality.

More shockingly, there is a video “blasphemy challenge” , in which students are offered a DVD of the Atheistic ‘documentary’, called THE GOD WHO WASN’T THERE, to anyone who makes a DVD of themselves “deconverting”- specifically calling upon them to “renounce the Holy Spirit!

Here is the challenge from the website :

The Rational Response Squad is giving away 1001 DVDs of  “The God Who Wasn’t There” the hit documentary that the Los Angeles Times calls “provocative — to put it mildly.”

There’s only one catch: We want your soul.

It’s simple. You record a short message damning yourself to Hell, you upload it to YouTube, and then the Rational Response Squad will send you a free The God Who Wasn’t There DVD. It’s that easy.

INSTRUCTIONS:You may damn yourself to Hell however you would like, but somewhere in your video you must say this phrase: “I deny the Holy Spirit.”

Shocking, isn’t it? I am showing you this not to shock you but to alert you to the reality of the assault upon your children and the naive.

But furthermore I show this to also pull back the covers on the underlying spiritual essence of this movement. There is something more going on here tan just “free thought” and humanism. Here is the given reason for the specific instruction to “deny the Holy Spirit”, by the  so-called “Rational Response squad”,

Why? Because, according to Mark 3:29 in the Holy Bible, “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.” Jesus will forgive you for just about anything, but he won’t forgive you for denying the existence of the Holy Spirit. Ever. This is a one-way road you’re taking here.
The point is that this movement is spiritual in its essence. This is  Satanic,it is an assault on the faith by the Father of lies, designed to blaspheme God and to damn souls. They have free rein on our campuses and places of higher learning. Unfortunately a good many young people are seeing these New Atheists as rock stars, they are emulating them mimicking their arguments, and renouncing their faith.
Hopefully these reports will strengthen those who are tempted by this phenomenon, giving them arguments and the answers that have stood the test of countless similar attacks and accusations over the centuries. “Always be ready to give a reason for te hope you have in you with respect and gentleness”(I Peter 3:15)
We will be looking next at the so-called “four Horsemen of the Atheistic revival, the Brights” as they call themselves, Christopher Hitchens , Sam Harris,Richard Dawkins, and the lesser known  Daniel Dennit.

 

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10 Responses to Beware The New Atheists

  1. G. West says:

    Last year the Society for the Prevention of Anti-Mormonism documented several cases of anti-Mormons who were evangelical Christians networking and coordinating with anti-Mormon atheists. That gave a whole new meaning to 2 Corinthians 6: 14–

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

    I hope you and your fellow pastors will one day appreciate that Latter-day Saints are Christians and that we rely upon Jesus Christ and his grace for salvation. I hope you will discourage Christians from working with the very atheists you describe to try to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    • billrandles says:

      In the first place I do not agree with christians who work with Atheists to attack Mormonism. i believe that the Bible itself is adequate to demonstrate that Mormonism is anti-christian. Joseeph Smith is a proven false prophet, and Mormonism is polytheism. I would be happy to dialogue with you on this point at any time and I appreciate you reading my blog.

      • Gene Simms says:

        Yah, I have to throw in with Pastor Bill on this one.

        I will never claim to be a strict literalist myself. However, if one wishes to depart from the exact text, then one should be ready to say exactly why on a verse by verse basis.

        For example, Solomon built the temple. That does not mean that the Israelites were standing around cheering him on as he dragged all of those heavy stones across the desert himself. Rather, he said “we are building the temple here”. His people did the work. Really, that is not too far from the idea that the king of England built Buckingham palace.

        If that much is not clear, the same part of the bible makes it clear that Solomon outsourced a part of the job to Huram of Tyre. Clearly he did not do the job by himself.

        Speaking of which, let me mention Huram’s greatest work. The Molten Sea. Ten cubits across and thirty cubits around. My forearm and the value of pi say that there are not quite three feet missing there.

        Now I have seen strict literalists engage in silly season ways to rectify that bit. How about Solomon let Huram do the work and did not worry about the exact details? Can you tell me to the exact eighth of an inch how long your carpenter made your kitchen counter?

        As far as Joseph Smith goes, he did not engage in that type of logic. He more or less doubled the size of the bible to address his personal agenda. Which involved him being too manly for one wife. Yah, sure, King David had lots of wives. Yet he also killed a bunch of bad people who otherwise would have been married to those same ladies.

        In the world that we live in, that is just not a good thing. In our world, the deal is one man and one woman. As many kids as are going to happen. Done deal.

      • billrandles says:

        Gene- would you let Sapient know that I would gladlly post his response to my article on his diabolical blasphemy challenge- I noted that he told his little atheist group that I barred his comments, I haven’t even gotten them yet! Thanks , prayerfully yours Pastor Bill

      • billrandles says:

        Gene Are you really going to try and sabatoge my site? I saw on Rational response your post about “Party Time”, please don’t do that to me man, I am not tech savvy enough to know what to do, but all I would like is civil dialogue.Thanks Pas Bill

  2. Gene Simms says:

    Pastor,

    It is unclear to me how you can claim that a single quote from the Gospel of Mark is somehow proof that the movement is spiritual in nature. At best, that can only speak to the founder of the blasphemy challenge and not really to others. Ought not one characterize individual people each by their own works?

    In any case, I do not see how the quote necessarily establishes the spiritual nature of the founder of the blasphemy challenge. One could as easily quote from the holy text of other religions that one does not associate with and that will serve as no proof of the assertion of association.

    For example, there are a fair number of racist passages in the book of Mormon. If I were to post one of those passages here, would that mark me as a racist? Perhaps it marks me as having commented on the nature of a religion to which I clearly do not ascribe.

    I could belabor the point with examples from many other religions but to what end?

  3. Belinda says:

    Thanks Pastor Bill for your article. What you have written is so important, as most of the teenagers I speak to on the streets say they are atheists, however when you question them on their reasons they actually have no idea as to why they are atheists. It has almost become a default position. But one thing is for sure, they are not thinking or reasoning logically, and they seem to have no capacity to do so., which, as you wrote, makes them vulnerable.

    • billrandles says:

      It is amazing isn’t it? Keep doing what you are doing dear Belinda, God has chosen the foolishness of preaching the gospel to reveal His power and to destroy the Wisdom of this Age. Give my greetings to all, especially your hubby, children and mother and father. (How is her eye?) Praying- Psaor Bill

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