Thursday, October 23, 2008
I came across a review by Dinesh D'Souza of a new book that deals with the new atheists attack on 'faith.' It is worth a read becasue we need to be able to give an answer to those who ask for the hope within us (1 Pet. 3:15).
(Excerpt) "Novak is surprised to discover that in the entire literature of the new atheism, "there is not a shred of evidence that the authors have ever had any doubts whatever about the rightness of their own atheism." This is not simply a matter of refusing to apply the vaunted virtue of skepticism to one's own philosophy. It is also a matter of giving an account of why such a tiny minority of people in our culture have embraced vocal atheism. If atheism is so obviously convincing, Novak asks, why are so few people drawn to it? The new atheists offer no answers; indeed, scarcely any of them even raise the question."
(Excerpt) "For Novak, life raises bigger questions than the ones answered, and answerable, by science. Ultimately we want to know not merely how things work. We also ask even larger questions. Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is our final destiny? Novak credits religion with addressing the largest moral questions, not only "What is it good to do?" but also "What is it good to be?" and "What is it good to love?"
Important observations and questions to be sure...(for more of the review, click here)