15th October 2018

Are Atheists Arrogant?

“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 14:11 (NKJV)

In this, the second of our series on atheists, we are going to look at their arrogance. In the first article we looked at their woeful ignorance of history when they claim religion has caused more wars, bloodshed and death than anything else. We disproved that simply by looking at the death toll from twentieth century, non-Christian dictators.

Accusing them of arrogance is another serious charge. Where did their attitude come from, these arrogant atheists who claim God is dead? Perhaps it began with Friedrich Nietzsche who proclaimed in the nineteenth century that God was dead and in his grave. The modern day prophets of Atheism, like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris have all proudly written books proclaiming God is dead, and equally proudly proclaim it in media interviews. That is not, of itself, the problem. They, and all the other atheists, are entitled to believe what they want to believe. Where the arrogance comes in is in their demand that everybody else should agree with them and accept their point of view. Christians are generally tolerant, except for a minority of extremists, and don’t seek to impose or demand that everybody accepts and believes in their belief in God. But reading what these leading atheists say about Christians shows just how arrogant they are:

Richard Dawkins haughtily states, “ Faith is the great cop out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even per-haps because of, the lack of evidence.” While Christopher Hitchens condescendingly pontificates that,” religion comes from that period of human prehistory where nobody….had the smallest idea of what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge( as well as for comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs).” And Bill Maher rants,” Faith means making a virtue of not thinking….and those who preach faith, and enable it, and elevate it are our intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy.”[1]

Not much humility or room for doubt in those statements is there? In the eyes of the atheists, believing in God is not just wrong and misguided, it’s tantamount to insanity. So many people have believed in God, throughout history, they arrogantly say, be-cause these poor ancient folk were ignorant of scientific facts. In other words if they had known what we know now, they would never have believed in something as absurd as God.

Once again the atheists show their ignorance of history. A little research would clearly show that many of the great men of science, like Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton were believers in God or what some called divine intelligence. Even Albert Einstein said bluntly, “I am not an atheist. In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”[2]

There is a long list of scientists who were prominent in their fields who were adamant that there was a God and that they believed in God. But such is the arrogance of the atheists they don’t want to be confused with any facts that disagree with their position, that first there is no God, and second anyone who thinks there is suffers from ignorance, arrogance and believes in fairy tales. So atheists accuse Christians of what are their own failings. I think it is proven that atheists are both ignorant and arrogant and the next article we will see that they are also intolerant as well.

Prayer
Father, help us to see through the false arguments of atheists, by knowing your word and having absolute faith in You. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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[1]Inside the Atheists Mind” page 4, by Anthony DeStefano available from Amazon at £12.80.

[2] Inside the Athiests Mind, page 12.

 

 

(ED:tg) Ouch! Good and hard hitting…

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