By R. Albert Mohler Jr.
A top Christian highbrow explores the latest pressure of atheism, its premier thinkers, the cultural stipulations that experience bred it, and the way Christians may still respond.
Something has replaced in American tradition. What for years was once a little-regarded trust system-atheism-has now received a wide, and extending, nationwide listening to throughout the writings of "new atheists" similar to Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens.
Wanting to either tell and equip serious-minded Christians relating to this cultural shift, R. Albert Mohler Jr. explores the surroundings that has bred the "new atheism" whereas additionally introducing readers to the movement's 4 top thinkers and the contours in their arguments. Mohler-deemed "the reigning highbrow of the evangelical move within the US" by means of Time magazine-then makes use of this beginning to pinpoint 8 significant distinctives that make the hot atheism new, and to debate the way forward for Christianity in courting to it.
At college and locally, Christians are certain to come upon those that were formed by way of this pressure of atheism. here's willing perception that any believer can use to appreciate and problem the hot atheists.
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If you hold to a purely natural understanding of religion like Dennett and Dawkins, there is really only one answer. You have to say that there must have been some evolutionary advantage at some point to believing in God. Somehow religious belief—and in particular belief in life-afterdeath, belief in God, belief in a supreme authority, belief in a revealed morality, and belief in a Divine Judge—somehow all this must produce replicators who 46 The Assault on Theism replicate more successfully. Dennett’s solution to this problem is to say that while belief in God must have conferred an evolutionary advantage somewhere back in time, it does so no longer.
Western Europe followed the theory perfectly. Rates of church-going in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, and France hover right around 1 to 5 percent of the population. In many surveys, fewer than 10 percent of those populations claim to believe in God. The second exception to secularization theory’s 17See Peter C. Berger, “Secularization Falsified,” First Things, February 2008, 23f. 34 The Endgame of Secularism failure is among the world’s cultural and intellectual elites. Here Peter Berger has put it wonderfully.
Ninety-five percent of Americans claim to believe in God. Now obviously the god in whom these people believe is not necessarily the God of biblical theism. But even so, Americans by and large are not secularists. Furthermore, instead of the spread of a global phenomenon of secularization, there appears to be a reassertion of religious belief around the world. So what happened? What happened is that the theory of secularization soon became known as the “myth” of secularization. 17 At the same time, however, we must recognize that there is still something to the theory— even in its classical form.
Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists by R. Albert Mohler Jr.