I admit it, I am here for your children, liberties and certainly your faith, I want it all.
I gotta say, my favorite part of this editorial is it’s purely hypocritical nature and interesting choice of words.
“They are â€œfeeling a real need to convert people,â€ and preaching an â€œun-gospel.â€”
As opposed to Christian missionaries or those .. preaching the gospel?
“crusading across America to proclaim his atheism to newspaper”
Crusades..Â yeah, nice, equate Atheists with a bunch of religious nuts who went around slaughtering and raping those who didn’t believe in their favorite fictional character; sounds about right to me.
Weâ€™ve warned you about them before on our websiteâ€”but now theyâ€™re on a much more aggressive march all across America. No longer are they just staying in their classrooms or writing books and articles in the comfort of their offices. They are â€œthe new atheists,â€ and they are aggressively going after your children, your liberties, and your faith!
According to the print media and websites, the new atheists say â€œevangelism is a moral imperativeâ€ to spread their â€œgood newsâ€ in â€œpersuading people of the virtues of atheism.â€ They are â€œdrawing on evolution,â€ and are vocally â€œhostile to religions,â€ especially â€œfundamentalist Christianity and Islam.â€ They are â€œfeeling a real need to convert people,â€ and preaching an â€œun-gospel.â€ In one media report, it was stated that â€œat some point there is going to be enough pressure that it is just going to be too embarrassing to believe in God.â€
One of the most outspoken of this new breed of atheists is the vehement anti-creationist Dr. Richard Dawkins of Oxford University in England; another is philosopher, Sam Harris. The Washington Post wrote a major article about Harris and stated: â€œHow exactly the faithful [Christians] will transition to a godless, Good Book-less cosmology is not exactly clear â€¦ but he is heartened by countries such as Sweden, where he claims 80% of the populace do not believe in God.â€
These atheists are not just publicity seekers. They are very serious about their mission. Dawkins, from England, was recently crusading across America to proclaim his atheism to newspapers, websites, and at public meetings.
Some people might say to me, â€œBut thereâ€™s no way Americans will go for atheism. Most people believe in God, even if they donâ€™t take the Bible seriously as AiG does.â€ Think back to the 1950s. What if someone back then said to you, â€œBeware, the homosexual movement is on the marchâ€”if we donâ€™t do something, â€˜gayâ€™ marriages will be legalized across the country.â€ Almost all of us at that time would have said that thereâ€™s no way Americans would ever accept this. Most people believe that marriage is one man for one woman, so, no, this will never happen in America.But as you know, it has happenedâ€”and continues to happen!
Interestingly, these new atheists liken their growing movement to that of the gay activists. One stated: â€œWeâ€™re in the same position the gay movement was in a few decades ago. There was need for people to come out. The more people who came out, the more people had the courage to come out. â€œThatâ€™s the case with atheists. They are more numerous than anybody realizes.â€
If you think this observation is an exaggeration, just consider the popularity of two recent books associated with these new atheists: The God Delusion by Dawkins and Letter to a Christian Nation by Harris. Both books bitterly attack Christianity. Dawkins is more than just angry, though. He has a purpose, says a reviewer: â€œthe whole book is meant to change peopleâ€™s minds.â€
The God Delusion was #8 on the New York Times bestseller list, #10 on Publishers Weekly, and #2 on the Amazon best-seller rankings in November 2006. At the same time, Letter was #6 on the Times list, and #8 in the Amazon rankings. Meanwhile, an increasing number of atheists are attacking our Christian faith in several major newspapers and websitesâ€”with their evolutionary beliefs often presented.
It prompts me to ask: â€œWhy are atheists now getting so much publicity and gaining ground? Whatâ€™s happened in the culture to allow this?â€ As weâ€™ve been saying for years, thereâ€™s been a change in this cultureâ€”at a foundation level. Generations have been indoctrinated by the secular education system and media to build their thinking on human reason, not the Word of God. And at the base of this is the creation/evolution issue.
Evolutionary indoctrination has produced generations (even in the church) who doubt the Bible. Barna Research discovered that of teenagers today who call themselves born-again Christians, only 9% believe there is such a thing as absolute truth. These young people are ripe for â€œsecular evangelistsâ€ like Dawkins and Harris.