Thursday, January 25, 2007

Learning from atheists' mistakes

It is at the same time heartening and terrifying that atheism seems to be at an ebb from its mid-twentieth century high. Heartening, because it means that more people than ever are open to the possibility that God exists; terrifying, because, according to the Bible, religion, as such, will only increase as the hour approaches.

It is appropriate then, that in this middle hour, believers should take a lesson from the mistakes being made in the waning days of the antitheists. As Christianity Today editorialized:
The new atheistic rhetoric betrays panic, another sign of weakness. Atheism knows that it is losing both arguments and the global tide. Stories of the global vibrancy of religion are everywhere trumping the grand narrative of evolutionary progress. And the best philosophers are still taking the God-hypothesis seriously.

Christians should learn from the confident work of apologists who frame for our time arguments for God's existence. We should also pay attention to the state of civil society, being careful not to overreact to atheism's newly aggressive stance. In an already polarized culture, we cannot afford to destabilize the balance further.

Most of all, we must be careful to live out our faith — with demonstrable neighbor-love — rather than coasting along in a civil religion that blesses consumer culture and sings praises to the God of materialism. After all, the greatest apologia is love lived out.
FEELING: Like CT gave good advice
LISTENING TO: Professor Ross make fun of his old senior partner

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