The Old New Atheism

The so-called new atheists (Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, et al.) are not very new after all.  They echo their philosophical forefathers such as the second century Greek philosopher and opponent of Christianity Celsus, whose thinking is summarized by the historian Philip Schaff, “In his view Christianity has no rational foundation at all, but is supported by the imaginary terrors of future punishment” (Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 2:91).  Those who offer this contention against Christianity simply reveal they do not understand it.


2 thoughts on “The Old New Atheism

  1. Not one of the people you mentioned have even suggested that they are proffering new ideas (except, perhaps, Harris who is arguing for an objective morality through science). As an example, Hitchens always credits Spinoza, Hume, Russell, etc., and frequently says that people should read the great philosophers as opposed to himself. I’m not quite sure what the point of this straw-man was, but it would help to learn who you are attacking.

  2. I do not plan to engage in a debate with you or anyone else who disagrees with this post. However, I will make an exception since you are the first. I will simply reply that my point is stated: this kind of polemic against Christianity is misled, at best.

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