Conservative evangelical writer Eric Metaxas does not shy away from the question of atheism.
“Looking at some fairly new evidence, the existence of God is for those who have the slightest open mind, it must be indisputable,” Mr. Metaxas said in an interview. “Anyone can be agnostic, but to say, ‘I know there is no God’ ultimately becomes absurd.
In “Is Atheism Dead?” A book published this week by DC-based Regnery Publishing, the New York-based author cites five scientific findings to support his claim of untenable atheism.
He says the big bang theory is a “paradigm-breaking concept to end all paradigm-breaking concepts” because it demonstrates that the universe had a beginning. He adds that the evidence of a “fine-tuning” of the universe – whereby things could not have emerged by chance, but rather by design – is another turning point.
Dr. Metaxas also writes that the work of nanoscientist James Tour demonstrates that the “idea of life emerging from non-life,” called abiogenesis, “seems so beyond the realm of the possible that we must return to our boards. design”.
Furthermore, the author claims that archaeological findings in the Middle East “prevent any serious person from continuing to regard the Bible as a collection of folk tales,” which many atheists claim.
The final pillar of his argument is that few atheists “have been able to live their philosophy in an inspiring or logical way”, reserving particular opprobrium for “new atheists” such as the neuroscientist Sam Harris, the philosopher Daniel Dennett and the late socialist. journalist Christopher Hitchens.
Further, he writes that the experience of officially atheistic states such as the former Soviet Union, China and North Korea, leads to the conclusion that “this state-sponsored – and enforced – atheism must be considered to be the wickedest form of oppression in human history. “
Among the “new atheists,” Metaxas told the Washington Times, “they are very guilty of misleading people into this so-called atheism when they themselves have never pleaded.”
“All they did was demolish religion, again in such a careless way that if you weren’t careful, well, of course you would agree with them,” a- he added. “You know, who isn’t against outright irrationality and killing people in the name of God? “
But putting in place such a notion muddies the issue, Metaxas said. Most believers oppose irrationality and murder in the name of God, he said, and so the “new atheists” have simply “brought up this ridiculous idea that faith and reason are, disagree ”.
The opposite is true, he said.
“It turns out that it is atheism that is incompatible with science, not faith,” Mr. Metaxas said. “Science as we know it, modern science and the scientific revolution came directly from the Christian faith. It is not disputable. It is a historical fact. “
Noting the Orthodox Christian faith of scientific pioneers such as Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell, he added: “Virtually every serious scientist from the beginning of the Scientific Revolution until fairly recently was a very serious Christian. So the idea that Christianity might be at odds with science is just completely crazy. “
However, not everyone is eager to walk the Faith Path with Mr. Metaxas.
In an email, Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, questioned the author’s arguments.
“As the number of atheists and non-religious people in the United States continues to grow at an all-time high, in large part due to bigotry and conspiracy from people like Eric Metaxas, American Atheists thanks him for to have made it clear to all Americans how to morally ruin the Christian nationalist ideology that he professes really is, ”Mr. Fish said.