Over this past three-day weekend, I had the pleasure of conversing with a “New Atheist,” if there’s so a category.
Until I met this gentleman, I had read a few of them and converse in passing with a few, but this was different:
He told me I should give Richard Dawkins’ God Delusion a read. I would be somewhat surprised at what I would discover!
He even got into biblical contradictions here and there: from the absurdity of the story of Noah and the Ark to the contradiction of Luke’s census report, which he says goes squarely against Roman legal codes.
For this atheist, this life is all there is. He is purely driven by a naturalistic worldview and not afraid to avow such.
When it came to the matter of morality, he speaks of knowing right from wrong purely on a naturalistic level, no need for some cosmic puppet master (of course, he acquiesced to relativism on this score.)
When I asked him how long he has been an atheist, I was somewhat taken aback when he told me “Since he was 8!” And what led to this? His father at the time, a historian and WWII vet, told him, at the age of 8, about the killing of 6 million Jews.
My atheist friend asks, “Where we God when his chosen people needed him? Where were the miracles?”
As an adult he said he has since asked many Christians about where God was to protect his chosen people and no one has been able to give him an answer.
When I told him it took more faith to be an atheist than a non-atheist, he confidently, with a grin on his face, said, “Yes, I know that! I have faith that there is no such thing as a Judeo-Christian God.”
And when I told him, there is still hope for him, he retorted, “And there is hope for you too! You would quicker become an atheist than I a Christian!”