Dawkins, The God Delusion: “The God of the Old Testament [= The God of Israel . . . ] is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully . . . ” [Cf. Lennox- Dawkins debate, here. For a quick initial response to this sort of rhetoric, cf. CARM here and JPH of Tektonics here, here, here and here. Also cf. Vox Day's short book length critique of the new Atheists in a free to download format here. (Available from Amazon here.)]
1] The NCSTS Unit 2, on worldview choice and the general warrant for theism and for biblical Christian faith, with a pause at the JTS Intro Phil course, Unit 2 on a phil toolkit for worldview level thinking and warrant.
2] The NCSTS Unit 9, on the sins (real and imagined) of Christendom, and in response to the well-poisoning rhetoric we just saw, with a pause at the recent Matt 24 watch 150 KF blog post on Hitler, and a look at the Nuremberg investigatory documents on the Nazi agenda for the Churches, to help clear the air of a poisonous and polarising cloud of new atheist talking points. (The KF Reference web page sections on government under God and on the roots of and rise of modern liberty and democracy will help as well, on matters connected to government under just judgement, and on the balance of freedom and liberty required to maintain the civil peace of justice.)
3] The NCSTS Unit 1 on the foundational warrant for the gospel, and the JTS Intro Phil unit on modern theology, to reaffirm confidence in the gospel, the scriptures and the enduring validity of the discipleship call to turn to Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
4] The IOSE Introduction and Survey, to survey and address the origins myth of "scientific" atheism, evolutionary materialism.
5] The IOSE unit on key ideas and worldview alternatives connected to views on origins, to clarify worldview choice.
6] The IOSE Units on origin of mind, man and morality, and on origins science in society (i.e. ethics and related policy issues), to address the ethical issues implied by adopting as a dominant worldview in a culture a view -- evolutionary materialism -- that has in it no foundational IS capable of bearing the weight of OUGHT.
7] Vox Day's The Irrational Atheist (online here, print book here), as a specific rebuttal to the claims and talking points of several of the major new atheists, whose writings seem to be the engine driving much of what we are seeing on the ground or in the media and on the Internet. (The KF reference web page on selective hyperskepticism will help to deal with an underlying intellectual problem, especially the note on the closed, often angry, ideologised mind.)
Video, much as it may have been originally given:
|The Prodigal is welcomed home |
(Pompeo Batoni, 1773, Wiki)
17 “But when he came to himself [--> Having been humbled, and having been broken from arrogant pride and dismissal of his father, he begins to repent and reflects on the habitual kindness that he once took for granted; he is motivated to change by the painful results of folly, when he can no longer blame others, and is destitute and desperate] , he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants."’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. [--> His father had been looking out for him, and humbled himself, to reach out to and embrace him; how utterly different is this picture of God from the slanders of professor Dawkins! So, whose report will we believe, that of the crucified and risen Christ, or the angry professor Dawkins?] 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’3 22 But the father said to his servants,4 ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” [--> We, too, must have the heart of God the Father who welcomes back the prodigal] >>
Rom 1:19 . . . what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. [ESV]
Rom 2: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil . . . 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good . . . 11 For God shows no partiality. [ESV]