I think that almost of all us feel the same way about family. They can irritate you to the point of distraction at times. And because of this, you may complain about them, criticize them. And in a way, that’s okay. But… But if someone else says something critical about a member of my family—well, watch out. You don’t talk about my family. I can say what I want, because I am family. But you’re not family. So keep your opinions off my family!
In the 17th century a giant intellect arose in France by the name of René Descartes. He is considered by many as the father of modern philosophy. His thinking certainly served as a harbinger for the period known as the Enlightenment that would follow in the next century.
Descartes was a son of the church. He did not set out to reject faith or deny church dogma. What he did purpose to do was explore with his mind the limits of human knowledge. His pursuit of knowledge is said to have begun with a series of three visions, which he believed were divine visitations. Following these heavenly encounters, he began to explore what could be known through reason alone. There is an apocryphal legend that he enclosed himself in a barrel for these ruminations. Although this is a fanciful tale, he did seclude himself in order to explore the power of his own reason. Continue reading →
A fascinating book to read and ponder is The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens. Peter Hitchens is the brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, a noted journalist and outspoken atheist. In this book Hitchens describes his journey to faith in Christ from a background in staunch atheism. As the title indicates, he also deals with the anger so many atheists exhibit against God and religion. He makes an interesting point. Why are the atheists so angry? If we believe in God, and they don’t, so be it. Why not just let each person have his own beliefs? Why be so enraged about the whole thing? Continue reading →
Question: There are a number of popular books asserting the denial of God’s existence. Two of the better known are God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens and The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. When you read these books, you are exposed to an enormous amount of vitriol, active hatred towards theists, Christians in particular. Why are atheists so angry?
Over the Christmas holidays I had a chance to read The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens. (This was a present from my lovely wife, Sue.) Peter Hitchens is a journalist, author, essayist and speaker who has become quite well-known for his articulate defense of the Christian faith and traditional moral views. He is also an ex-atheist, and the brother of the Christopher Hitchens mentioned in the question. Continue reading →