Bill Craig and Chris Hitchens debated at Biola University on Saturday night. For those who don’t know the two men, Bill Craig is a Christian apologist, and Chris Hitchens is an atheist and editor for Vanity Fair magazine. Hitchens is representative of the new breed of atheist, who are militant against religion in general and claim that religion is nothing more than a great source of evil. Craig is one of the foremost Christian philosophers on the planet.
I regret that I haven’t been able to review the debate in full, but I was browsing through www.christianpost.com where I was able to read the review. As usual, the same thing surfaced. Mr. Craig offered his argument for the veracity of Christianity, while Chris Hitchens offered nothing solid for atheism. As is typical, Mr. Hitchens spent his time attacking Christianity, attacking God, the cross, etc. and etc. In the end, you are left with the same thing as usual: atheists typically offer any kind of attack possible while refusing to understand that you can’t play skeptic without having anything concrete to offer on the contrary. Typically, it goes like this: “I am the atheist, I don’t have to prove anything, and its all up to you to prove God. Otherwise, I can stick my fingers in my ears and sing and stay in my little atheist bubble!”
I challenge atheists to at least be intellectually honest: in order to prove that there is decidedly not a God, you would have to be everywhere and know everything. Guess what? Then, YOU’RE GOD! So you see, the only way to argue intellectually is to at least say you are agnostic and do not know whether or not there is a God.
Hitchens, Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, and a host of others are out and about spreading vitriol towards religion in general, and Christianity in particular. Their arguments are, for the most part, incoherent, illogical, and devoid of any philosophical and/or theological training. Christians need to equip themselves to know the truth. If you look at the site links on the right of my site, you can find any number of resources that can direct you to rational arguments against atheism. One in particular, www.equip.org, offers several items to read in order to not fall for the new modes of atheism. It’s called Confronting the New Village Atheists, and it is really a great resource.