Chapter 1: Altars Against God
Many contemporary atheists are characterized by the stridency, arrogance, and rudeness of Richard Dawkins (although there are also many atheists who are turned off by such attitudes). Such condescension is not conducive to constructive dialogue and understanding. Christians do not know the answer to every question, but they do know the meaning of life. Mocking of the sacred reveals personal character defects. Belief or non-belief in God makes more difference for thought and action than anything else. Moral values are required for society to survive. Atheism does not provide the moral framework required for justice and self-sacrifice to triumph in a dangerous world. Atheism and the rejection of God are not new—they are as old as time. People continually challenge and deny the veracity of God and his Word. We wish to be autonomous and have power, so we reject the truth that God is the definer of reality and that there is objective right and wrong. People seem to intuitively know that there is a higher power or supreme being, and that value and ethics are part of the fabric of reality. Three major questions keep recurring amongst humans: 1. What is the meaning of life? 2. How do I fulfill my desires? 3. What is the point of suffering and pain? The answers to these questions depend on why we’re here and why we exist. Despite loud assertions to the contrary, secular humanism and scientism have not even remotely begun to justify their worldview claims. Society’s structures and laws must be built on moral reasoning, and atheism cannot provide a foundation for moral statements.