Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, John John Stonestreet discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast


There was such a thing as the ghost of Internet passed. It would probably haunt us with a lot of Richard Dawkins quotes but today. That's just old news for the Colson Center. I'm John John Stonestreet. This is break point in the early two thousands across the digital and print world of Christian apologetic. The so called new. Atheism was a the central topic of conversation authors. Like Richard Dawkins Sam Harris the late. Christopher hitchens generated quite an audience by attacking religion in general and Christianity city in particular and portraying both as irrational evil forces in society. Books like the God delusion God is not great and the inter-faith argued that belief in God was unscientific and Unbeliev would make us all better people now. You might be thinking to yourself you know. I haven't really thought of those guys in quite a while exactly. The movement has grown strangely quiet over the last decade message board debates at petered out rallies and debates have been cancelled book sales have flatlined in fact the new atheism has been largely replaced. Some folks who once loved to join in on the outrage against religion have got woken staten and now aim their outrage it things like privilege religious oppression and proceeds inequality others migrated from rational wicky to outright online hubs like four Chan and read it today. Those sites are full of former former dachshunds fans who swallowed so called Red Pill ideas about race sex and politics not to mention heaping doses of conspiracy theories. Now it's fair to say now now as Stephen pulled it earlier this year in the Guardian that the new atheists moment has ended but what killed it pull makes a strong case that it just became old news. Authors authors like Dawkins Dan Harris and Hitchens road of wave of nine eleven and the war on terror in the aftermath of the deadly attack in American history. It was easy to make the claim that it was religion itself and not just certain religions that pose unique threats to world peace despite of course obvious differences between Christianity and radical radical Islam according to the new atheists to quote Christopher hitchens religion. Just poisons everything but now that al Qaeda and Isis are in retreat in a generation is coming of age. Who can't remember nine eleven? The new atheism is kind of run out of tracks to run on and they have failed to convert a younger audience. I also think that Patrick Henry College which Professor Jean Edward. VI offers another helpful angle on the decline of the new atheists in a PC recently wrote a pathos. Militant UNBELIEV has faltered. He suggests because has it cannot adequately explain sin see atheism is a reduction mystic worldview. It's forced to either deny the existence of real evil. Oh or to blame religion for it. After watching institutions and industries you drown in sex scandals and innocence mowed down and nihilistic mass shootings over over the last ten years woods clear that the fanatically religious certainly do not have a monopoly on violence and evil and another autopsy of the New Atheism Ark Digital Ben Sixsmith suggests that those once preoccupied with arguing against the existence of God have moved on to more intense areas of rhetorical dispute like racial and gender oppression while those who bang on about atheism now look in his words increasingly mono maniacal irrelevant and Dole all now. What does all this leave us with the new atheism in its twilight years and more fashionable false world views? Now taking its place. Christians need to keep apologetically focused all fos ideas need to be answered today. We might best serve our neighbors by pointing out the lies of identity politics or oppression politics explaining the evolutionary. Mary roots of modern racism or caring for the victims. These bad ideas leave behind and as we do we'll need to point out. Just how inadequate every other world view view is an accounting for Sin and evil witch as Alexander Solzhenitsyn put it runs through every human heart and place of the numerous and varied failed. Accounts of what's wrong with our world will need to continue to proclaim the truth at the new. Atheists denied today's fashionable ideologues. Ignore that the problem with the world but the source seveval is in here not out there and because we are at route the source of the world's problems salvation will only come from without and not from within for breakpoint. I'm John Stonestreet..

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