Has the recent militant atheism, spawned by the New Atheism movement, made the advancement of atheism much more difficult? If so, why?
Is there a second and much larger wave of Christian backlash against New Atheism on the horizon?
Will the New Atheism movement ultimately cause atheism to lose ground?
Atheist commentary on the New Atheism and Christian backlash
There’s been a forceful backlash against the ‘new atheism’ of writers like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, inspiring a new wave of Christian apologists. This group includes: Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology at King’s College London, Keith Ward, former Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.
Many atheists make the mistake of assuming religion is wholly irrational, relying on faith alone but, in a series of interviews recorded for DVD, the apologetics heavyweights from the list above demonstrate their ability to challenge us with reasoned arguments.
An April 17. 2011 atheist essay entitled Are atheists strengthening religion? declared:
The Christian backlash and response to new atheism is/was considerable, and neither can the consequences, changes, and foci which marked their response be ignored.
In the end, have we simply made the aforementioned goal more difficult to accomplish?
The first wave of Christian backlash against the New Atheism
The Dorsett Humanists mention apologists who belong to the theistic evolutionists or intelligent design camp being energized by the New Atheism. Alister McGrath and Keith Ward are theistic evolutionists. John Lennox is a Christian apologists who is an advocate of intelligent design.
Also, in 2008 a grassroots Christian apologetics organization called Ratio Christi was formed whose mission is to establish a Christian apologetics chapter across the world's colleges and universities. They appear to be making progress and are approaching 100 chapters.
Have there been a major response to the New Atheism from members who belong to the young creationist camp? Yes, there has. And I see a much bigger wave of backlash coming and it is being fueled by the New Atheism and the force feeding of evolutionary belief in public schools.
The coming second wave of Christian backlash against the New Atheism
Can atheism and evolutionism withstand a second and much larger wave of backlash against it? A wave of backlash from a stronger opposition who is adept at spreading their message. I don't think so.
Training makes a big difference and I see a growing willingness of Christians training themselves to be effective in terms of giving and distributing Christian messages.
Can training and determination make a difference in military conflicts and in conflicts of worldviews?
In the Sierra Leone conflict, 100 trained commandos from the private military company Executive Outcomes were able to effectively combat the revolutionaries from the United Revolutionary Front and they saved many people from being butchered. When 17,000 United Nation troops were called into replace these commandos, they failed. Training makes a difference! Later in this article, you will learn what trained Christian evangelists are doing via the internet.
A discouraged and weakened atheism
Yesterday, I spoke a Christian who is very involved in confronting atheism via the internet and he said that atheists have 1/10 of the zeal and confidence they had at the pinnacle of the New Atheism movement. For example, internet atheism has seen a major slump post 2007.
There are a lot of reasons for atheists, agnostics and evolutionists to be discouraged:
1. I cited the Dorsett Humanists indicating that Christians are able to effectively marshall reasoned arguments for the existence of God. I don't hear Christians saying the same thing about atheists. I don't hear Bible believers saying the same thing about evolutionists. And for good reason. For example, evolutionists have been unable to satisfactorily answer the 15 questions for evolutionists plus they have been trounced in debates on the 15 questions.
Mark Steyn in his book After America wrote:
Aside from the boom in Islamic terrorism, the Nineties and Oughts were also the worst decades ever for shark, bear, alligator, and cougar attacks in North America. The obvious explanation is that there are more of these creatures than ever before - the bear and cougar populations have exploded across the continent. But the more sinister one is that animals have not just multiplied but evolved: they've lost their fear of man. They now see him for what he is: a tasty Jello pudding on legs.I am going to use an analogy to illustrate why I think there are going to be more and more attacks on secular ideologies.
Professor Eric Kaufmann has documentated that conservative Christians are having more kids than their secular counterparts plus Bible believing Christians are coming into Western countries. The Christian Post recently mentioned that the Amish population is doubling about every 20 years and by 2050 the Amish population is expected to number 1,000,000 people.
In addition, increasingly I am seeing Christians become more and more dismissive of atheism and agnosticism. The atheist and agnostic communities have pulled out all the stops lately to make themselves be bigger laughingstocks than usual.
2. Atheism is a drab and dreary worldview and atheists have higher rates of suicide that the general population. Although the late Christopher Hitchens could certainly be mean-spirited, he also was one of the few prominent atheists who had charisma and eloquence. Now agnostics, atheists and evolutionists are stuck in the mud with the abrasive and cranky old man Richard Dawkins and a host of other difficult and uncharismatic personalities. Currently, there is a lot of squabbling going on amongst these difficult personalities.
3. Biblical Christianity is growing in many areas of the West and it is exploding in the East. Meanwhile, global atheism and agnosticism are on the decline in both adherents and market share. See: Growth of biblical Christianity and decline of global atheism and agnosticism
4. Christians are getting more efficient at spreading their message through the internet and other venues.
A internet aided second wave of backlash against the New Atheism
I am seeing a growing interest of Christians in using the internet to promote Christianity. The internet for many Christians is going from something we should use to something we are using, shortly will use or must use. There is a growing excitement of the possibilities it offers. The Christian ministry Global Media Outreach recently reported giving 145 million gospel presentations in one year.
I would love to see a "SEAL team" of Christians who powerfully merge internet and offline efforts when it comes to evangelism, creation evangelism, discipleship, and Christian apologetics.
Are you up to the challenge?
Take the first step and get involved in the Question Evolution! Campaign today! You can spread the campaign in your locale community or spread it via the internet.
You don't have to be internet proficient, but if you are so much the better!
Creating a creationist majority in America and bringing down the walls of Darwinism
A twelve point plan for accelerating the decline of global atheism, agnosticism and evolutionism
The challenge of Christian apologetics: We need SEALs!
Decline of global atheism video
Question Evolution! Campaign
15 questions for evolutionists
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 1 - Questions 1-3
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 4–8
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 9-15
Photo and graphic credits:
1. Big Waves
Author: Martin Cathrae
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2. US Navy SEALs jump from C-130
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3. Persian pudding
English: A Persian pastry.
Español: Una postre de la patria de Iran.
|Date||17 April 2009|