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First Things ^ | David B. Hart

Posted on 07/18/2010 1:34:04 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

I think I am very close to concluding that this whole “New Atheism” movement is only a passing fad—not the cultural watershed its purveyors imagine it to be, but simply one of those occasional and inexplicable marketing vogues that inevitably go the way of pet rocks, disco, prime-time soaps, and The Bridges of Madison County. This is not because I necessarily think the current “marketplace of ideas” particularly good at sorting out wise arguments from foolish. But the latest trend in à la mode godlessness, it seems to me, has by now proved itself to be so intellectually and morally trivial that it has to be classified as just a form of light entertainment, and popular culture always tires of its diversions sooner or later and moves on to other, equally ephemeral toys.

Take, for instance, the recently published 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Simple probability, surely, would seem to dictate that a collection of essays by fifty fairly intelligent and zealous atheists would contain at least one logically compelling, deeply informed, morally profound, or conceptually arresting argument for not believing in God. Certainly that was my hope in picking it up. Instead, I came away from the whole drab assemblage of preachments and preenings feeling rather as if I had just left a large banquet at which I had been made to dine entirely on crushed ice and water vapor.

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TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Science; Theology
KEYWORDS: atheist; moralabsolutes; theology

1 posted on 07/18/2010 1:34:08 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

The Atheist movement was alive and well back in the 60’s in all public schools. It will never completely go away, but it does seem to be losing steam because people have reached their max. limit on political correctness and this movement will suffer because of that, and rightfully so. Glenn Beck reminds us that as America is in it’s last throes, those skeptical of God’s existence have awakened to him as the only one that can save us. The greatest upside to all the downsides of Obama’s reign is the sweeping realization that NONE of us will ever again tolerate our Forefathers being taken hostage by a false leader through false hope and change.


2 posted on 07/18/2010 1:53:49 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: historyrepeatz

BTTT


3 posted on 07/18/2010 2:13:00 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, - W Churchill)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

I have never been able to understand a movement or organization based on the belief that something doesn’t exist......what’s the point, if it’s not there, you shouldn’t worry about it......I can think of a there’s no Easter Bunny crowd, or an even bigger , Santa’s a myth group”....I have a used phone booth in which you can both hold meetings ( at the same time !!)


4 posted on 07/18/2010 9:00:15 PM PDT by terycarl (sstrations)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
"A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers--including even his power to revolt...It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower."

--C.S. Lewis

5 posted on 07/18/2010 9:05:19 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

Columnist Hart was being too cute by half. The arguement he makes is a reach, because no one expects the attacks on Christian faith to end any time soon, whether you want to say it’s a fad, a culture, or even a jihad. It all falls under the same anti-Christ spirit of lawlessness, under which we are all suffering increasingly. That Hart describes these atheists as among the more “intellegent” is no measure of either the faithful, nor the atheists. Kind of a non-story.


6 posted on 07/18/2010 9:36:35 PM PDT by RitaOK
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