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Op-Ed: Why Do Atheist Books Matter To Christians?

By KJ Mullins     Aug 12, 2007 in Lifestyle
Books on Atheism have been coming hot off the presses and protested as soon as it hit the stores. There have been a small number of outspoken Christians that protest every new book as a personal affront. Excuse me? Did anyone say that you have to buy it?
Some of the editorials I have been reading show such utter hate for any other religious experience beyond Christianity that they are hard to make it all the way through them. Atheists are being accused of becoming militant. By writing books on how they view the world it somehow threatens the religious people. So does that mean all those books on the bookstore shelves written n a Christian viewpoint are the result of militant authors?
Reality to Houston........looks like we're in for some rocky times.
One of the articles I read started off mentioning Atheism books and then went to the evils of Islam.
The problem is far more than merely an intellectual one. Only strong moral religion can defeat strong immoral religion.
Paul Jackson compared the sales of the book The God Delision by Dawkins with the sales of the Bible, Talmad, and Qur'an in a demeaning tone. The book of course is not going to outsell the others at this point. At one point in the article Einstein was brought into the fray. Einstein = intelligence. Einstein= believed in God. Cool, Einstein believed in God but so what. Honestly is it so hard to get that others may not believe and that doesn't make them wrong?
Perhaps he hasn't read much about Albert Einstein -- assessed by many to have had the greatest intellect of any human being ever born -- who did believe in a God.
Einstein, whose theory of relatively changed the way we look at science, felt the universe had such a pattern of working against all odds there had to be an intelligent designer.
Dawkins doesn't think so.
There is no God, no Heaven.
Where is this guy coming from?
Does he think he is more intelligent than God?
Apparently so.
Has he ever been over to the Other Side?
I'll bet you 1,000-to-1 he hasn't.
An article in SF Weekly goes so strong as to suggest Congress should pass laws requiring atheist authors to register with the Securities Exchange Commission and disclose all links with companies who'll benefit from mass conversion to faithlessness.
You've got to be kidding me. Sadly it's not a joke.
Another editorial questioned why Christians are so threatened by Atheists writing books. One thought set me off to think: When we start bearing arms and threatening to shoot believers, the term “militant atheist” will be fair. But it’s highly doubtful you’ll see many atheists getting violent over the cause.
It made me think because the truth is right there. You don't hear about Atheists running around shooting Christians for their beliefs.
There is one sure way to protest a book. Don't buy it. Don't discuss it. If the book doesn't sell and isn't given publicity it fades away most of the time. Unless of course the message is strong enough to stand on its own.
There is a place on the market for all religious viewpoints, secular and nonsecular. How can one know honestly what they believe if they don't have a picture of different viewpoints.
Just my opinion.
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