Militant Atheism

Atheist Ads on Buses and Billboards

Have you noticed a rise in the number of billboards and ads on the side of city buses advertising atheism? Chances are the United Coalition of Reason (UCR) is behind this as part of their national campaign to ‘evangelize’ America. Other groups. such as the American Atheists, are more militant toward Christianity. Recently on a billboard in Huntsville, Alabama, this group attacked churches with the following message: “You Know They’re all Scams.” In an interview on January 4, 2011 with Bill O’Reilly of The Factor, David Silverman, President of American Atheists stated that “everyone knows religion is a scam and a myth” and that churches are “deliberately misleading people.”

History of Militant Atheism

Over the past decade, we’ve observed the rise of a militant atheism bent on ridding our culture of all religions and, in particular, Christianity. Christopher Hitchens in his book, God is Not Great, wrote, “The real axis of evil is Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.” Believing that “organized religion is the main source of hatred in the world,” Hitchens debates religious leaders declaring God a dangerous myth and that scientific discovery should replace religion as the moral compass in our culture.  Two other advocates for this new atheism are Daniel C. Dennett (“What Should Replace Religions?”) and Sam Harris, founder of The Reason Project, whose mission is to fill the religious void with secularism and scientific thinking that embraces Darwin’s Evolution.

The ‘Four Horseman’ of the New Atheism

Though Hitchens, Dennett, and Harris work tirelessly for the removal of Christianity as an influential force in our culture, perhaps the most hostile and militant of the ‘Four Horseman’ is Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion).  Referred to as “Darwin’s Rottweiler,” Dawkins lays out his vision for the rise of atheism and it’s influence on our culture in a 2002 presentation at the TED Talks (seen below). Openly despising Christianity, Dawkins declares that “evolution is fundamentally hostile to religion” and calls for a militant atheism to rise up against such things as Intelligent Design, belief in the supernatural, and life beyond the grave. In a campaign similar to the Gay Rights Movement, he calls for all ‘closet’ atheists to ‘come out’ and join his movement to sway the educational, judicial, and political systems in this country away from God.

Richard Dawkins:  An Atheist’s Call to Arms

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A Call to Prayer

As I study these intelligent men and their determination to destroy Christianity, I’m reminded of a similar man who also gave his life to persecute the Church. As a result of the prayers of the saints and the willingness of some like Stephen to lay down their lives to the point of death, a radical transformation occurred in the life of Paul as we read about in Acts 9:4-5: “‘…Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you Lord?’ Saul asked.” Though we should give a reasonable defense of the Gospel, the course of history will never be changed by our rational arguments but only when we stand in prayer against the forces of darkness and lay down our lives in a ‘militant’ love for those who seek to destroy what God has created.

One Response to “ “Militant Atheism”

  1. Linda Savell Stanley says:

    I appreciate the dedicated scientists who contribute to our society through their research, education and ultimate scientific discoveries that not only cure our diseases but better our lives. If in their pursuit of scientific discovery some decide to adopt a radical atheist view, I believe it is their opinion and that I, like the C. S. Lewis Foundation, should focus on Jesus and let him be the centerpiece of my life. I believe that I should have an open and unapologetic adoration and veneration of my Lord that characterizes both the individual and collective expressions of my faith in Christ.

    My spiritual faith is not based on reason and I do not have to argue or defend it to anyone, only to humbly listen to others while simultaneously refraining from judging them.

    The Core Values of the C.S. Lewis Foundation are as follows:

    “In pursuit of our mission, the Foundation has embraced certain core values, beyond those expressed in the Statement of Faith. These core values are intended to inform the shape and character of our efforts, including the following:

    1. The C. S. Lewis Foundation understands its calling to be that of education. Its programs are not designed to serve as a cover for subtle forms of evangelism, legitimate as they may be, nor does it labor under the sense of any obligation to certify the integrity of its Christian commitments by resorting always to the use of explicit Christian statements and symbols.

    2. The C. S. Lewis Foundation seeks to be vulnerable to the Holy Spirit – broken, surrendered, and responsive as opposed to always certain and pro-active, listening as well as proclaiming. (“A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou will not despise.” Psalm 51:17)

    3. The C. S. Lewis Foundation desires, above all, that Jesus be the centerpiece of its life, that an open and unapologetic adoration and veneration of our Lord characterize both the individual and collective expressions of its faith in Christ. (“Wherefore God highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Phillipians 2:9-11)

    4. The C. S. Lewis Foundation is committed to “Mere Christianity” as opposed to “My Christianity.” It respects both the social necessity and value of differing Christian traditions, but it intends to celebrate their commonality in Christ as opposed to their distinctives. (“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” Phillip Melancthon)

    5. The C. S. Lewis Foundation is appreciative of the best things but seeks the right things while being aware that these are not always synonymous. To discern the difference, it acknowledges with gratitude the much valued counsel and correction of friends and foes alike, both within and without the church, and affirms its ultimate dependence upon the truth of the scriptures and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12)

    6. The C. S. Lewis Foundation values quality over quantity and prefers substance to appearances. It is not fearful of the big but is inclined towards the small. Mindful of the often subtle but significant differences between legitimate promotion and mere “hype,” the Foundation is content to walk before it runs and desires to represent itself so as to be, as nearly as possible, what it seems to be. (“‘Tis a gift to be simple.” Shaker hymn)

    7. The C. S. Lewis Foundation affirms the values of community and its counterbalance in the authority of individuals called to leadership. In affirming its commitment to pray for, and support, those who held places of authority within the community, it would also affirm its commitment to the principles of servant leadership as advocated and modeled by Jesus. (“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples. If you have love for one another.” John 13:35)

    8. The C. S. Lewis Foundation is mindful of the health and healing power of true worship and praise. We are persuaded that no enduring work of substance can arise unless it is transformed and nourished by worship before the living and holy God.”

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