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Union University Dept of Language

Evangelogia



Atheist Plays With God

by JUSTIN D. BARNARD
Director of the Institute for Intellectual Discipleship

April 7, 2009 - A recent debate between Christian apologist William Lane Craig and atheist Christopher Hitchens on the topic “Does God Exist?” has resulted in no small amount of buzz in the blogosphere. To paraphrase the wise author of Ecclesiastes, “of the making of many arguments there is no end.”

Still, Christians should take heart that recalcitrant atheists like Hitchens are willing to subject their intellectually impoverished convictions to public scrutiny. And we should give thanks that God raises up champions like Craig to make manifest, by means of reason, what all believers know by means of faith – that Christianity is ultimately the only intellectually credible religious conviction for a human being to hold.

Hitchens, of course, sees things differently. Thus, his debates are, according to one report, an act of condescension. He is apparently “tired of ‘the typical liberal publishing house talks’ and wants to see ‘the godly come out and play’.”

The ignorant jab contains a seed of hope. For despite Hitchens’s failure to realize that the godly, in the form of Craig and countless other contemporary Christian philosophers and apologists, have already been out “playing” for quite some time, Hitchens has apparently grown weary of (to quote another famous Christian apologist) “the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.”

Let us hope and pray that the patience and charity of apologists like Craig in responding to arguments from secular atheists around the world will, in God’s grace, eventually expose them as the wearisome drivel that they are.