|Sent on:||Wednesday, May 21, 2008 3:15 PM|
It may seem contradictory to refer to atheism as a religion, but anti-theists are now going beyond claiming God doesn't exist to claiming religion is the source of all the world's problems. So-called "New Atheism" is promoting the wholesale rejection of religion for the good of humanity and advancing science.
Atheism has been around since ancient mythologies, but since 9/11 atheism has become a growth industry. Best-selling books, celebrity authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, new Web sites, lecture series and debates, appearances on talk shows. The New Atheists are finding footing in an American culture that's scared, stressed, self-indulgent, and shallow. Disillusioned by churches offering feel-good pop psychology and the ever popular "Just have faith," people are looking for answers. The New Atheists' contention that no God would have allowed 9/11 makes sense to them.
But atheism doesn't make sense either. Why be an anti-theist if there is no "theist"? If there is no God what are atheists so worked up about?
And atheists, no matter how intellectual, how witty, how popular, can never answer the question "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Why are we here? They can't answer these questions without resorting to mocking attitudes or fantasy - stories like the one where aliens from another universe are the source of humanity. For all the New Atheists' contention that religion is thwarting the advance of science we're asked to accept by faith the un-testable hypothesis that aliens are our Source. So it seems New Atheists are not anti-Creator, just anti-the Sovereign Creator God of the Bible.
Atheism is appealing because many Americans live everyday as if God doesn't exist. But atheism founders on the rocks of reality. God is, and he revealed himself through Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life (Jn. 14: 6). Ultimately, atheists are just sinners, like me, in need of grace and truth.
Rex M. Rogers, Ph.D. in political science from University of Cincinnati, is a syndicated newspaper columnist in 95 newspapers in 33 states, and formerly president of Cornerstone University - www.rexmrogers.com