Posted: February 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

I heartily agree…I am personally grateful to anyone who forces me to confront my own beliefs and thus be sure I understand them!


By John Stackhouse

Christians like me are supposed to fear/loathe/mock/hate the so-called New Atheists, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the like. But I thank God for them instead.

To be sure, there are elements in what the New Atheists say that a Christian might be tempted to fear: they ask some hard questions that can knock easy belief off its stride. And I’m not saying that there aren’t elements to loathe: These guys seem often to be bad-tempered, off-target, even wildly wrong. They can also be mocked for pretty basic mistakes in logic, epistemology, history, politics, rhetoric, and more. (Being an expert in one field certainly doesn’t qualify you as an expert in another, and the New Atheists prove that time and again.)

But Christians are not allowed to hate anyone. We’re supposed to love even our enemies. And I’ll do better than that: I’ll be grateful for…

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