I HATE it when Christopher Hitchens is right!
As Albert Mohler wrote today, Christopher Hitchens is a “foul-mouthed, arrogant, obstinate atheist.” He’s one of the so-called Four Horsemen of New Atheism, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. New Atheism isn’t really new – it’s the same old (the following is a PowerPoint Presentation) seven or eight arguments packaged in very accessible and witty (if you appreciate sarcasm and can take a bon mot at your own expense) books. Some Christian writers have accepted the challenge of addressing the New Atheism, but many of them miss the point. The New Atheist writers aren’t making arguments, they’re doing marketing. Writing a dry, boring, interminable refutation of their assertions misses the point entirely.
But that’s not my point for today. Today, I’m writing to give credit where credit is due. When you’re right, you’re right – and articles like this one, entitled Tear Down That Wall help us understand one real reason Hitchens is an atheist.
From his article (emphasis added):
Almost every week, I go and debate with spokesmen of religious faith. Invariably and without exception, they inform me that without a belief in supernatural authority I would have no basis for my morality. Yet here is an ancient Christian church that deals in awful certainties when it comes to outright condemnation of sins like divorce, abortion, contraception, and homosexuality between consenting adults. For these offenses there is no forgiveness, and moral absolutism is invoked. Yet let the subject be the rape and torture of defenseless children, and at once every kind of wiggle room and excuse-making is invoked. What can one say of a church that finds so much latitude for a crime so ghastly that no morally normal person can even think of it without shuddering?
Mr. Hitchens, you are absolutely right. I’ll say it with you, in late Presidential fashion, even.
“Mr. Ratzinger, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!”
in HIS love,