Viewpoint: The New Chicken Littles – The Unfounded Fears of Atheists Today

From Chuck Colson and Breakpoint.

“Didn’t you know? The Southern Baptist Convention is going to take over the U.S. government! So says Kevin Phillips, author of American Theocracy—one of many anti-theist writers jumping on the bestseller-list gravy train. Well, although at least one commenter on our blog, The Point, jokingly nominated me for U.S. president, I don’t see us becoming one nation under the Southern Baptist Convention—amusing as that notion is. Nevertheless, as Ross Douthat wrote last year in First Things, anti-theocrats “assume that the most extreme manifestation of religious conservatism must, by definition, be its most authentic expression.” So we Christians are all theocrats? That’s what today’s militant atheists—or anti-theists, as I call them—would have the world believe.

Do you attend church every Sunday? Oppose gay “marriage”? Vote pro-life? Believe students should be allowed to learn intelligent design in school? Well, then of course, you are a theocrat—don’t deny it. You want to take over American government and force everyone to believe and act as you do.Sound ridiculous? Paranoid? It is. With a profound ignorance of the Christian faith, anti-theists are cashing in on the many atheist rants topping today’s bestseller lists. In truth, paranoid books by atheists are nothing new (think of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale). However, today they are enjoying particularly lucrative returns from their tirades. I am sure you have seen them: Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon; Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion; Chris Hedges’s American Fascists; Sam Harris’s Letter to a Christian Nation; Christopher Hitchens’s God Is Not Great; among others. This is what used to be called in antitrust law conscious parallelism. These writers are aware that these books are selling (more than a million copies last year alone), so it encourages one atheist after another to make his case. (Can you hear the cash registers?)

In case you may still be scratching your head about that term—theocracy—likely because it is foreign to everything you believe, let me define it for you. As Douthat wrote in his article “Theocracy! Theocracy! Theocracy!”—an amusingly written column I recommend that you read—theocracy “is often used to connote government by a specific institutional faith.” Of course, the first thing you must think of is sharia law in the Middle East (and the second, “That’s not me!”). But a sort of Christian sharia is exactly what anti-theists are accusing believers of wanting to establish in America. And so they run around like so many Chicken Littles, publishing their tirades and warning that the sky is falling on democracy.

These unfounded fears may be amusing, but after we stop chuckling, we need to realize that this is a serious matter—because it is not Christianity that poses a threat as grave as radical Islam, but rather today’s neo-atheism.”

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9 Responses to Viewpoint: The New Chicken Littles – The Unfounded Fears of Atheists Today

  1. Joe says:

    “The Unfounded Fears of Atheists Today”
    Interesting that you seem to be applying the same logic to atheists that you are decrying that they are applying to theists. These are the most extreme and the minority of atheists that believe these silly things. Please do not making the mistake of applying these beliefs to all or most atheists.

    The extreme views are over represented in the discourse on both sides.

  2. Chris says:

    So, you speak for the majority of atheists? What is it that you believe that differs from this article?

  3. Joe says:

    No. Nor do you speak for the majority of Christians, but you are able to tell me that most of them do not believe such extreme things that you list in your article.

    I disagree with the premise that most atheists walking around believing that most Christians are religious fundamentalists.

  4. Chris says:

    I never said I did. If you notice my name is “Chris” and the author of the article’s name is “Chuck Colson”.

    What do most atheists believe about most Christians in your opinion?

  5. Joe says:

    Sorry, I misunderstood whose words those were. My criticism applies to Mr Colson then and not yourself.

    “What do most atheists believe about most Christians in your opinion?”
    Well I don’t know that I know enough to be sure that I can speak for all atheists. Most that I know understand that most Christians are not extremists or fundamentalists. Most understand that religion in general is a mostly harmless delusion that comforts people during the hard times and sometimes seems to encourage people to help others more than they otherwise would.

    Or I may be projecting a bit there. 😉

  6. Chris says:

    You completely misunderstand Christians specifically and religion in general.

    What research have you done by the way to determine that theism is a delusion? Have you studied any of the evidence for the truth claims of theism?

  7. Joe says:

    “You completely misunderstand Christians specifically and religion in general.”
    I daresay I haven’t said nearly enough for you to make such a sweeping judgment.

    “What research have you done by the way to determine that theism is a delusion?”
    Anything believe that isn’t true is a delusion. (Or at least that is what I meant by the word.) Therefore as an atheist, of course I would see it as a delusion.

    “Have you studied any of the evidence for the truth claims of theism?”
    I have been exposed to many arguments for theism. None of them convincing.

  8. Chris says:

    You said religion is a delusion. That is enough for you to say for me to know that you misunderstand Christianity, in particular.

    I did not ask if you had studied “arguments” for theism. I asked if you had researched any of the evidence for the truth claims of theism.

  9. Chris says:

    What books have you read that provided evidence for theism?

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