“Assault on Religious Faith” Named #1 Christian News Story of 2007

The Christian Post published a list of the top ten Christian news stories (and why can’t they have their own news compilations? Afterall, they have their own versions of history, politics, and science). The #1 item topping the list was the dreadful “Rise of Militant Atheism, Apologetics.” Here’s a brief excerpt:

Atheism has nearly always been with us in one form or another, but the atheists we’ve been hearing the most from lately – chiefly Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris – are a new breed, as prominent conservative Chuck Colson noted earlier this year. Unlike the old-school humanists, the new atheists – or anti-theists, as some of them prefer to be called – don’t want to just deny the existence of God, they want to wipe religion off the map.

As New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza explained, part of the reason why society is seeing an emboldened atheism is that a lot of these outspoken atheists were hoping religion would disappear as society became more modern and developed.

“Religion was seen as more of an ancient form of belief that would go away as science progressed and as we all became more successful, educated and affluent,” said D’Souza in an interview this year with The Christian Post.

“But this has not happened,” he continued. “And, in fact, religion is booming in countries around the world,” including the most modernized ones such as India and China.

“So the atheist in a way is getting a little more desperate,” D’Souza believes.

“The time for polite debate is over,” declared Associated Press Religion Writer Rachel Zoll in a report this year.

“Militant, atheist writers are making an all-out assault on religious faith and reaching the top of the best-seller list, a sign of widespread resentment over the influence of religion in the world among nonbelievers,” she wrote.

This isn’t a surprising news story. It makes good news to make yourself out to be the one being battled against. What the Christians see as a “threat” or “fight” we simply see as an awakening. I like to call it “The Great Realization.”

Happy New Year!

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