Why All the Name
by Some Atheists?
poll (2005) found that nearly two thirds of Americans believe “human
beings were created by God”. Despite
that, western civilization has, for the most part, become quite tolerant
of atheists. At least, I have not heard of any being burned at the stake
lately. One would expect them to return the favor with tolerance toward
the majority of the population who claim to believe in divine creation.
Admittedly, many, if not most do display such tolerance, and they are to
be commended for it. But a very vocal portion of them have no such
Check out their web forums, blogs and
sites. The writings of many of them are all too often peppered with name
calling directed squarely at creationists. These writers are calling
creationists names such as dumb,
( a reference to supporters of ID, or Intelligent Design).
Richard Dawkins, a very prominent
atheist, has written a book called The
God Delusion. One wonders, since he believes that we theists are delusional, does he want to lock us all up in psychiatric wards,
strap us to the beds and reprogram us by forcing us to watch YouTube videos
of him reading his books?
But joking aside, it does bear very
serious consideration, what would happen to people of faith if a dictator with the
power of a Mao or Stalin over his people, became persuaded by Dawkin's
arguments that "there
is something very evil about faith"? Might we see the terrible
persecutions these men inflicted upon Christians repeated again? In
light of this possibility, why would Dawkins make such a recklessly
One wonders, why all the name calling
by these atheists?
Ad hominem attacks such as this often occur in a debate when one
side feels backed into a corner by reason and logic. They remind one of the snapping
of a cornered dog. Doubtless these atheists will claim other reasons for such behavior,
but it does not make metaphysical naturalists appear secure at all
in their beliefs. Do they fear that they are losing the battle?
When we Christians see atheists
resorting to censorship, bullying and name-calling, it further confirms to
us the biblical doctrine of the depravity of man – that the fleshly
inclinations of man, when unchecked by the Spirit of God, hardly make
for palatable dinner conversation, and certainly ought not to be
discussed in the company of young children. And it increases our suspicions
that not believing in God can cause some men to lose their moral
If these name-calling atheists want to
show us their moral compass, they ought to try biting their tongues and
treating those who disagree with them with respect, tolerance and
kindness. Stop trying to censor consideration of hypotheses that
harmonize with the idea of a God in peer-reviewed journals, centers of
academic learning, and science
classrooms. Shouldn’t a hypothesis of origins be judged by how well
the evidence supports it, rather than by whether or not it harmonizes
with religious ideas? And yet this is the objection so commonly raised
against ID, that it is simply “thinly disguised religion.” Looking
through the same spectacles, Neo-Darwinism also often appears to be
“thinly disguised metaphysical naturalism” (atheism).
Rusty Entrekin is a theology
graduate of LA College. He and his wife Julie have seven children, with
6 still at home, and two grandchildren. Currently, he resides in Kennesaw,
GA, and teaches in a house church that practices participatory meetings.