Atheism Remix

Dr. Mohler wrote a fantastic volume called Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists.  Here is the description:

A leading Christian intellectual explores the newest strain of atheism, its foremost thinkers, the cultural conditions that have bred it, and how Christians should respond.

Something has changed in American culture. What for years was a little-regarded belief system-atheism-has now gained a large, and increasing, national hearing through the writings of “new atheists” such as Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens.

Wanting to both inform and equip serious-minded Christians regarding this cultural shift, R. Albert Mohler Jr. explores the environment that has bred the “new atheism” while also introducing readers to the movement’s four leading thinkers and the contours of their arguments. Mohler-deemed “the reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the US” by Time magazine-then uses this foundation to pinpoint eight major distinctives that make the new atheism new, and to discuss the future of Christianity in relationship to it.

At school and in the community, Christians are sure to encounter people who have been shaped by this strain of atheism. Here is keen insight that any believer can use to understand and challenge the new atheists.

Favorite Quotes

  1. The New Atheists are, in their own way, evangelistic in intent and ambitious in hope (12).
  2. It would work this way: first it would become plausible or thinkable not to believe in God, and then eventually it would become inevitable that one would not believe in God at all (30).
  3. In the new intellectual climate in which we now find ourselves, an accommodated form of theism is no more acceptable to the cultural elites than a robust biblical faith (62).
  4. Indeed, atheism may at times strengthen Christian theology by forcing the identification of bad arguments and the development of better intellectual defenses of the faith (67).
  5. Evangelical Christians simply cannot surrender biblical authority, propositional revelation, and biblical theism in order to meet the various challenges presented to us in the twenty-first century (102).
  6. The God who would be rendered acceptable to the secular age is a God who would bear no resemblance to the God of the Bible.  This new God would be a God who cannot save (105).