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Evangelical Theologian Counters “Militant Atheists”

May 30, 2007


Head of Theological Commission: Dawkins and Others Resuscitate Old Ideas

Tuebingen, May 30 (idea) – A leading evangelical theologian has countered the assault of so-called “new atheists”.

The ideas of best selling authors like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris are by no means “new”, says Rolf Hille, executive chair of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Commission.

As the German theologian told the evangelical news agency “idea” these “militant atheists” are resuscitating the ideas of the 18th century enlightenment with its accompanying intolerance. With “fanatical bias” the authors are trying to turn the errors of the world religions into the essence of religion itself.

That attempt, however, is doomed to return like a boomerang, says Hille. After all, the 20th century had shown with brutal clarity how the atheistic ideologies of the Nazism and Communism had spurned mass destruction and misery.

According to Hille atheists must realize that mere human reason is not sufficient to answer questions of ethics and the ultimate purpose of life.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel has published a title story about the new atheists. Under the heading “The Crusade of the Godless” the magazine quotes writers like the British evolutionist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), the Anglo-American critic Christopher Hitchens (God is Not Great), the American author Sam Harris (The End of Faith), the French philosopher Michel Onfray (We Don’t Need a God) and the Italian mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi (Why We Cannot Be Christians).

These intellectuals claim in their best selling books that religion is the root of all evil. They promote their atheistic ideas with a “fundamentalist missionary zeal”, writes Der Spiegel.

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Evangelical news agency idea. Wolfgang Polzer

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