Most of us heard of the recent Christmas controversy over the atheist display next to the nativity scene in the Washington State courthouse. And just this morning I spoke with a college student from a nearby state university who encountered other collegians passing out what he at first thought were Christian tracts only to discover they were actually arguments against God from the atheistic group on campus. It seems the “new atheism” is evangelistic in its fervor.
I read an interesting analysis regarding this by Dinesh D’Souza who in response to this growing trend authored a recent book, “What’s So Great About Christianity.” (www.dineshdsouza.com) See what you think of his humorous analogy:
“Atheists spend a lot of time thinking about the motives for belief. Why do religious people believe these ridiculous things? When you turn the tables on atheists and ask them why they don't believe, they will answer, "Because we don't have enough evidence. We don't believe because there's no proof." But if you think about it, this is an inadequate explanation, because if you truly believe that there is no proof for God, then you're not going to bother with the matter. You're just going to live your life as if God isn't there.
I don't believe in unicorns, so I just go about my life as if there are no unicorns. You'll notice that I haven't written any books called The End of the Unicorn, Unicorns Are Not Great, or The Unicorn Delusion, and I don't spend my time obsessing about unicorns. What I'm getting at is that you have these people out there who don't believe that God exists,but who are actively attempting to eliminate religion from society, setting up atheist video shows, and having atheist conferences. There has to be more going on here than mere unbelief.”
It sounds a lot like Romans 1 to me where Paul speaks about those who will not believe suppressing the truth and becoming futile in their thoughts. Though we need to dialog in respectful ways with those who differ from us, we need not back away from asking them good and thought provoking questions. D’Souza makes a fun analogy; that is unless you’re more focused on unicorns than I am.