Skip to comments.New Atheists Are Not Great
Posted on 03/14/2008 9:54:07 AM PDT by dinasour
In What's So Great About Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza is skeptical of skepticism and enthusiastic about the faith.
There are two types of Christian apologetics. One makes the positive case for faith; the other responds to critics. Dinesh D'Souza's delightful book, What's So Great About Christianity, falls into the second category. It sets out to rebut recent exuberant atheist tracts, such as Christopher Hitchens's God Is Not Great and Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion.
This leads us to perhaps the strongest argument against atheism, which DSouza makes only indirectlythe argument from experience. Atheism cannot reach our hearts. A rigorous atheist cannot console in a time of grief, cannot explain love, cannot sigh in happy wonder at lifes endless surprises. He can only utter, What is, is.
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I’m not an atheist, but how does the author know an atheist cannot console in a time of grief, explain love, or sigh in happy wonder at lifes endless surprises?
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I wouldn't know, really.
A matter of opinion, a matter of faith.
A little of both.
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On the other hand, I've heard that Allahpundit clicks when you tickle him.
Barack Hussein Obama is a member of a radical, anti-American, anti-Semite religious organization. Who damns America often and blames us for 911 says we deserved it
A gift of $22,500 to this radical, anti-American religious organization in 2006 says to me he is much more than involved he is committed to its values. It is Obama.
Have I missed something?
Can Obama be loyal to this country?
His close family relationships with hater, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Hes also associated, as you know, with Tony Rezko, and William Aires, the domestic terrorist. By the way, all this is the side of his life that he doesnt want discussed. The list of bad associates goes on and on. Cant explain them all away Mr. Obama but I forget you dont want it discussed!
I fear for us now. How about you?
Just curious - what consolation could an atheist offer when a loved one has died?
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> Just curious - what consolation could an atheist offer when a loved one has died?
The worms will surely find you delicious.
> I fear for us now. How about you?
I have been hearing *about* this for a awhile. Only this morning did I actually listen to what this guy actually says.
Not to be contrarian, but I would note that Buddhism is atheistic. The Buddha correctly discerned that the existence or non-existence of such beings as the Hindus call ‘gods’ is of no consequence for our moral and spiritual life, but, without the light of divine revelation, did not discern the existence of the one transcendent God. Buddhism contains many consolations for the grieving, without being theistic.
Now most Western atheists are also antagonistic to mind-body dualism and the existence of a soul which continues to exist after death. It is this error that renders them incapable of consoling the grieving, not their folly in saying there is no God.
>>Im not an atheist, but how does the author know an atheist cannot console in a time of grief, explain love, or sigh in happy wonder at lifes endless surprises?<<
It is simple. It is their core “what is life” paradigm that eliminates the possibility of being uplifting during such times.
Utterly and completely impossible - unless they are not being true to their own beliefs.
But then, I’ve never met a real athiest. I’ve met plenty that claim to be, but when questioned further, every single one of them backpedaled and admitted they were really more “agnostic”.
Wanna see how a REAL atheist would act? Rent Natural Born Killers.
Yeah, such a consolation. ;)
Not being an atheist, I don’t know. Maybe something like their thoughts are with them and sincere hopes that the person will find peace within themselves after their loss? I’m sure some atheists here could elaborate if they see fit.
I can certainly see them saying something like that, but that isn't consolation or comfort. . .it's just platitudes.
A rigorous atheist cannot console in a time of grief, cannot explain love, cannot sigh in happy wonder at lifes endless surprises. He can only utter, What is, is.
Tony, Tony ... leave the aphorisms for those who are better at them.
Why would anyone suggest that one who does not believe in a transcendant God would have no human emotions, and the ability to understand the emotions others feel. It’s just silly.