The atheists are, more than other interest groups, joyous cannibals and regurgitators of their own ideas. They thrive online, where like adolescent boys they rehash their rhetorical victories to their own delight. The whole thing has started to feel like being trapped in a seminar room with the three smartest guys in school, each showing off to impress...whom??
Heh heh. This was written by Lisa Miller, the religion editor, in Newsweek article about a new film called Collision --about 2 white guys arguing about faith vs. atheism in a bar. She said neither side concedes any points --Christopher Hitchens vs. an Idaho pastor, Douglas Wilson --arguing about whether Christianity is "good for the the world."
If Lisa is a Christian herself, I couldn't tell. Seemed she leans toward the atheist side. But I sure liked her assessment of the online atheists. What she didn't tell is how nasty and repressive as bloggers so many of them are. They attack and kick off bloggers whose views they dislike --rather than putting up a good rebuttal.
As for Christianity being good for the world: We know of the secret nuclear facilities of Iran now. Iran is where Sharia law and Shihite Muslims reign. Saudi Arabia is the hotbed of Al Quaeda and they tend to be Sunni Muslims, as I understand it. Egypt and Somalia have stoned young girls to death in the last year, a rape victim and a convert to Christianity. The Communists of North Viet Nam are persecuting Christians with brutal police harrassment as we speak --and there are thousands of converts there. In India, the Muslims have persecuted Christians in Orissa and driven thousands from their homes. Also, in Africa and everywhere in the middle -east --in nearly every country where Muslims are the controlling majority, there is constant turmoil, death and poverty. Is it a matter of time before they bring it to the US?
And the online atheists will be right there with them, wanting to incarcerate Christians and suppress Christian liberty --as so often expressed by the worst of the Christian-hating bloggers --named Mudrake. As for the more famous/infamous atheist PZ Meyers, he's just an intolerant jerk whose tool is mockery of those who disagree with him.
There is a goal of Islam to eventually dominate the world with their adherents, religion and laws --and they allow no dissent and no religious freedom for other faiths. And the atheistic bloggers sound just the same. So tell me, Mr. Hitchens, is Christianity bad for the world? compared to online atheistic hatred for Bible-believers, compared to atheistic communism and erroneous Islam with their terrifying doctrines?
Mohammad elevated himself over Jesus Christ, lied about the historical record of his death and resurrection. He elevated himself over the one who teaches charity and love, and compels the church to good works all over the world. Granted, Christianity has a checkered past due to Catholic Church corruption throughout history and to the present day. And the Church of England had a dubious start under Henry VIII for bad reasons--and that church is splitting between those who believe the Bible on matters of morality and those who don't.
Mohammad is responsible for ONGOING, present-day beheadings, conversion by the sword, religious intolerance of the worst sort --and for marrying a 9 year old, marrying an older rich woman, being a political schemer, etc. Reportedly, even he doubted the nature of his angelic source at some points of the revelation of the Koran. I do believe he was deceived by the one who would appear as an angel of light (Lucifer) and deceive many. Supposedly Mohammad was illiterate, so to write the Koran, he claimed an angelic inspiration and used scribes --one who famously quit because he doubted the authenticity of the source when Mohammad's revelations suited his political ambitions.
I'll take Jesus's "love your enemies" and promise of eternal life over "kill the infidel," terrorism, honor killings, beheadings, female circumcision and marching around a square box at Mecca any day.
The Protestant Reformation did more to civilize the world than any movement since --with the Bible in the hands of the laity. The Christians ended slavery in England and the US and today they and the predominantly Christian U.S. are responsible for more humanitarian works in the U.S. and around the world than any other single group. Much that is good about the U.S. (or even Europe) is because of our Bible-respecting, God-believing culture of past days. Hatred is not justified for Christians; but atheists think Christians deserve to be hated for not approving gov't endorsement of homosexuality, abortion and using embryos for science. They say "all manner of evil against [Christians] falsely," as an excuse to deny them their free speech rights and freedom of religious advocacy regarding our laws. They consider it fair game to hatefully scorn them for not believing in evolution.
Actually, the atheists have much less to like about radical Muslims with their extreme moral views (death to homosexuals, e.g.) So why do they focus on Christians? Because Christianity is the truth and in their atheism they play right into Beelzebub's hands and focus on the true religion instead of Islam --with whom they share a hatred of Christianity. But Islam ALSO hates atheism and their libertine moral views. Atheists are said to be 12% of Americans now; they ought to quit biting the hand that tolerates them. If Islam is in a position to persecute Christians or atheists, they'll treat us the same!
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible