Volume shouldn’t win an argument.
But the new atheists are about to blow an amp in their effort to monopolize public opinion.
Forget the style over substance debate; this is no-holds-barred condescension from the precipice of cultural elitism. It’s academic snobbery to the nth degree.
It seems that regular hard-working blue-collar men and women are not smart enough to draw their own conclusions about the existence of God. They must be spoon fed from the likes of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.
Of course the disproportionate number of atheists among academics should tell us something. The common man has made a statement. He isn’t buying the tonic. He isn’t drinking the Kool-Aid. But the propaganda bus is still bullying its way through the marketplace of ideas.
Make no mistake; the anti-theist movement is a monster-house marketing machine. It is a force to be reckoned with. But beyond the catchy billboards, the stacks of new books writhing with attacks on theism, and the YouTube craze for anything blasphemous, it’s not much more than a grand monologue. If you don’t wholeheartedly embrace a naturalistic worldview – then there is little room for serious dialogue.
I’m thankful for many meaningful friendships and conversations I’ve shared with skeptic friends. Such interaction is as beneficial as it is possible. Unfortunately, the tone of the international marketing campaign for the new brand of social-media-savvy anti-theists is far from civil.
They have made it clear, they don’t believe in God and they are going to spend every waking second of the day talking about it. I, for one, find this to be rather ironic.
I have the opportunity to speak to a great number of college and high school students every year. One of the main messages I try to impress upon them is, “Don’t believe the hype.” Some of the greatest scientists throughout history up to our present day have been devoted and outspoken Christians.
Don’t believe the hype.
So, if you are a college student on a secular university campus: Be diligent in your study. Be relentless in your research. Be unwavering in your witness. Don’t be outdone in your dedication. And don’t believe the hype.