The New Atheists are convinced that good thinking means disbelief in God and that their leaders are models of good reasoning. They’re planning a “Reason Rally” for March 24. Richard Dawkins heads up a “Foundation for Reason and Science.” Sam Harris is founder and chairman of “Project Reason.” The American Atheists define atheism as “the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason . . .” John Loftus tells us “Faith and Reason are Mutually Exclusive Opposites.” In this they are quite mistaken.
They are wrong because their claims to good reasoning do not match the evidence of their performance. Dawkins’ book The God Delusion
is rife with logical fallacies and demonstrably anti-scientific
prejudice. Sam Harris devoted most of a recent debate to avoiding logic,
advancing an argument based on emotional appeals instead. John Loftus
says that his “Outsider Test for Faith” shows that belief is irrational,
when his test actually demonstrates the opposite.
They are also wrong because Christianity is built on a foundation of
evidence and thought. The Bible is a record of what God has done. It
tells us through and through to see what he has done, and to trust him
based on what we know to be true of him. Jesus requires his followers to
love God with all of their minds. The Apostle Paul reasoned in the
synagogues and with the Greek philosophers. Down through history, many
of the world’s greatest thinkers have been Christians. It’s still true
And they are mistaken in not seeing how Christianity leads people to
treat each other reasonably. Sure, there have been exceptions, but on
the whole Christianity has been the world’s greatest force for freedom,
peace, human rights, and of course the highest good of all: knowledge of
This is not the party line. Even Christians may not know this is
true. If any of this seems surprising to you, then it’s time for you to
discover True Reason.
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