Christopher Hitchens and I are almost the same age (he’s a year younger than me). He is a journalist and author. I am a journalist and author. He is an outspoken atheist and faith bully. I used to be an outspoken atheist and faith bully. That’s where the similarities end.
Christopher Hitchens calls the Gospel accounts “a practice of fraud.” I call the Gospel accounts God’s Truth. He says that only “stupefied peasants in the Jerusalem area” believed the Gospel. I say that tens of millions of intelligent, thoughtful, well-educated people around the world have believed the Gospel for the past 2,000 years. He calls Christianity the “Jesus myth.” I call Christianity the Jesus Miracle – “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:4-5) Hitchens has called Christianity, Judaism, and Islam “the real axis of evil.” I believe that Christianity is the real ally of good in the world. He blames organized religion as “the main source of hatred in the world.” I believe that pure religion is the main source of love in this world – “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
Hitchens is a member of what has been called the New Atheism of the 21st Century. Hitchens, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Victor Stenger, and Daniel Dennett, believe that recent advancements in science have made religion something that should no longer be tolerated. Hitchens and the others believe people who are members of the “enlightenment” should expose, criticize, and counter religion through rational argument. I am a member of the Body of Christ and believe that advancements in true science are more supportive of Christianity and the Bible than ever before. Christian apologists believe people who are members of Christ’s Body should expose, criticize, and counter “new atheism” through prayer and rational argument based on the Truth of God’s Word.
Hitchens is a faith bully, but don’t let him bully you. This so-called “new atheism” is not new at all. It’s the same tired, old argument unbelievers have been using against Christianity for centuries. Their use of the term “science” reminds me what Paul wrote Timothy almost 2,000 years ago – “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.” (1 Timothy 6:20-21, KJV) Though it is not necessary for faith in Christ, scientific research during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries is supportive of the Bible in many areas. We will look at some of that research in the coming weeks and months.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,
“Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”