Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are raising an army of New Atheists who are ready to do battle with the people of faith. It is no longer enough to simply not believe in God; the “New Atheists” don’t think anyone else should have the right to either.
The issues of creationism, evolution and Intelligent Design have been pushed into the forefront of debate in recent years, thanks to films by Ben Stein and the opening of the Creation Museum. The battle of words takes place not just in pulpits or auditoriums, but in board of education meetings at the state and local level that determine curriculum and policy. In both issues science, reason and logic are dragged through the mud by both sides in order to “prove” one side is right and the other wrong.
Abortion is and perhaps always will be a hot topic in this country. I can’t believe anyone still thinks that abortion will ever be made illegal again, but the debate over stem cell research still makes appearances on the floor of Congress. One question being ask of anti-abortion protesters is what should be the penalty for having an abortion were it illegal? One blog claims that is the question that no pr-lifer can answer.
These are tough questions. And there is a lot of truth in that last claim; many Christians do a bad job articulating answers to them. But we don’t have to. This is something we can work on. As Christians, apologists, ambassadors of Christ, we need to educate ourselves. Read some C.S. Lewis and Becky Garrison. Find a blog written by a Christian with a brain that has a better response than “The Bible says it, I believe it and that settles it.” Prove to the average atheist, pro-life, evolutionist ___________ (fill in the blank) that Christians are logical, reasonable people that think for themselves.
I have read the theories, done the research, and searched the scriptures. I believe that the God of the Bible is who he says he is, and will do the things he says he will do. If you’ve never questioned your faith or wondered if the religion handed down from your parents is true, then I don’t think your normal. Learn how to express not only what you believe but WHY you believe it. We will not win souls by persuasive argument nor by winning debates. But for those in the audience, for those on the sidelines, for all those listening to the debate that have not made up their minds; I want them to know that Christians haven’t abandoned logic or sound reason for blind faith. Let’s be able to answer the tough questions well. Paul was able to do it, and we are instructed to study and show ourselves approved.