in an Anti-Christian Age
by Patrick J. Buchanan: Why
God Created the GOP
For two millennia,
the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world
history. The moment Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God
became man, and eternal salvation became possible.
has been the separation point of mankind's time on earth, with B.C.
designating the era before Christ, and A.D., anno domino, in the
Year of the Lord, the years after. And how stands Christianity today?
is in danger off being wiped out in its biblical heartlands," says
the British think tank Civitas.
In Iraq, Syria,
Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, Christians face persecution and pogroms.
In Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, conversion is a capital offense.
In a century, two-thirds of all the Christians have vanished from
the Islamic world.
Christianity is seen as a subversive ideology of the West to undermine
a century ago, British and German soldiers came out of the trenches
to meet in no-man's land to sing Christmas carols and exchange gifts.
It did not happen in 1915, or ever again.
In the century
since, all the Western empires have vanished. All of their armies
and navies have melted away. All have lost their Christian faith.
All have seen their birthrates plummet. All their nations are aging,
shrinking and dying, and all are witnessing invasions from formerly
subject peoples and lands.
too, the decline of Christianity proceeds.
believe that culture determines politics, liberals understand politics
can change culture.
purging of Christian teachings and symbols from our public schools
and public square has produced a growing population – 20 percent
of the nation, 30 percent of the young – who answer "none" when
asked about their religious beliefs and affiliations.
In the lead
essay in the Book Review of Sunday's New York Times, Paul
Elie writes of our "post-Christian" fiction, where writers with
"Christian convictions" like Walker Percy and Flannery O'Connor
are a lost tribe.
the novel of belief gone?" he asks.
understand why Mao's atheist heirs who have lost their Marxist-Leninist
faith and militants Islamists fear and detest the rival belief system
of Christianity. But do they understand the animus that lies behind
the assault on their faith here at home?
In a recent
issue of New Oxford Review, Andrew Seddon ("The New
Atheism: All the Rage") describes a "Reason Rally" in Washington,
D.C., a "coming out" event sponsored by atheist groups. Among the
speakers was Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins, author of The
God Delusion, who claims that "faith is an evil precisely
because it requires no justification and brooks no argument."
have been infected by a "God virus," says Dawkins. They are no longer
rational beings. Atheists should treat them with derisory contempt.
"Mock Them!" Dawkins shouted. "Ridicule them! In public!"
End of Faith, atheist Sam Harris wrote that "some propositions
are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people."
New Atheists believe that religion is evil," notes Seddon, "that
it 'poisons everything,' in (Christopher) Hitchens' words – it doesn't
take much effort to see that Harris is referring to religions and
the people who follow them."
Now since atheists
are still badly outnumbered in America and less well-armed than
the God-and-Country boys, and atheists believe this is the only
life they have, atheist suggestions to "kill people" of Christian
belief is probably a threat Christians need not take too seriously.
to Dawkins' view that the Christian faith "requires no justification
and brooks no argument," Seddon makes a salient point.
that Christianity entails a belief in the supernatural, the miraculous
– God became man that first Christmas, Christ raised people from
the dead, rose himself on the first Easter Sunday and ascended into
heaven 40 days later – consider what atheists believe.
that something came out of nothing, that reason came from irrationality,
that a complex universe and natural order came out of randomness
and chaos, that consciousness came from non-consciousness and that
life emerged from non-life.
This is a
bridge too far for the Christian for whom faith and reason tell
him that for all of this to have been created from nothing is absurd;
it presupposes a Creator.
Seddon writes, that "a multiverse (for which there is no experimental
or observational evidence) containing an inconceivably large number
of universes spontaneously created itself."
Hitchens insists, "our belief is not a belief."
Atheism requires a belief in the unbelievable.
believe Christ could raise people from the dead because he is God.
That is faith. Atheists believe life came out of non-life. That,
too, is faith. They believe in what their god, science, cannot demonstrate,
replicate or prove. They believe in miracles but cannot identify,
produce or describe the miracle worker.
pray for Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins and the other lost souls at that
J. Buchanan [send
him mail] is co-founder and editor of The
American Conservative. He is also the author of seven books,
the Right Went Wrong, and Churchill,
Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. His latest book is Suicide
of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? See his
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