The Challenge of the New Atheism

Friday, 29 Feb 2008

What is unreasonable is the ruling out the existence of anything beyond the natural world, such as God, before any empirical investigation. But this is precisely what the New Atheists do when faced with the particular claims of Christianity.
Denial of the existence of God-or atheism-is by no means novel. There were atheists as far back as the first millennia b.c. King David referred to such people who, despite the manifest evidence in creation, acted like and even convinced themselves that there was no God as outright fools (Pss. 8:3, 10:4, 14:1). The Greeks had their share of atheists too. The Epicurean philosopher Philodemus (c. 110-35 b.c.) went so far as to identify three different types of atheism found in Hellenistic thought. There were those who were unsure whether any deity existed (we would call them agnostics), those who ...

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