From Christian Post.
“Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion” and perhaps one of the best known atheists of our time, is calling on all his fellow atheists to “come out of the closet” and let their voices be heard.
“As far as subjective impressions allow and in the admitted absence of rigorous data, I am persuaded that the religiosity of America is greatly exaggerated,” states the Oxford University professor in his introduction to the recently launched “Out Campaign.” “Our choir is a lot larger than many people realise.”
In a 2005 AP-Ipsos poll on religion, only 2 percent of Americans who responded said they did not believe in God, but Dawkins believes that is only because much of his “choir” remains “in the closet.”
“Religious people still outnumber atheists,” he acknowledges in his statement, “but not by the margin they hoped and we feared.”
Through his campaign, Dawkins is urging atheists to lift up their voices against the “intrusion of religion in our schools and politics” and to express how tired they are of being “bullied by those who would force their own religious agenda down the throats of our children and our respective governments.”
“We need to KEEP OUT the supernatural from our moral principles and public policies,” the campaign states.
As prominent evangelical leader Chuck Colson noted in a recent commentary, “Most traditional atheists simply had their own belief system, and if we (Christians) wanted our belief system that was okay.”
Today’s atheists, however, are not just dismissing religion or denying the existence of God; some are making militant efforts to spread their godless message, as if they were given the charge to go and make unbelievers of all nations, immersing them with doubt, realism, and antagonism (the far-from-great commission).
“They’re like the communists who feared religion more than anything else because it was a competing truth claim,” Colson stated.
The Associated Press this year described the all-out assault on religious faith by atheist authors like Christopher Hitchens, who are reaching the top of the best-seller list, as “a sign of widespread resentment over the influence of religion in the world among nonbelievers.”
And Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., said the success of books such as Dawkins’ “The God Delusion,” Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” or Sam Harris’ “The End of Faith” reflect a new vehemence in the atheist critique.
“I don’t believe in conspiracy theories,” Mouw said, according to AP, “but it’s almost like they all had a meeting and said, ‘Let’s counterattack.'”
Regardless of whether or not the current atheist movement is the result of some “conspiracy” or whatnot, and despite how small the movement may be, believers need to be challenged by it.”
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