Christopher Hitchens & The Diversionary Atheists

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The word entertainment has as one of it’s root meanings, “Diversion.”

Entertainment can turn our attention, or “divert it,” from one issue to another.

The silliness of most television draws our attention away from the serious problems of the world–like war, child abuse, poverty–and allows us to be relieved of the pain¢â‚¬¦

It acts like a sedative, dulling us and allowing us to get a good night’s sleep.

Recently one of life’s most serious issues has been getting diversionary treatment.

The question of whether or not there is a God has seen a rash of books from authors like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and most recently the ever entertaining Christopher Hitchens.

Titled, GOD IS NOT GREAT, Hitchen’s book it is flying off the bookshelves almost as fast as the purpose driven life.

It has been said of Christopher Hitchens that he is “an author with a masterful domination of language and a compelling use of irony, who writes about only one thing: Christopher Hitchens.”

Nowhere is this more evident than in his book “God Is Not Great.”

Hitchens, who once described Mother Teresa as “a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud,” argues that religion, is: “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry.

Stephen Prothero chair of Boston University’s religion department has carefully assessed Hitchen’s book and concludes, “He says that religion is “man-made” and murderous, originating in fear and sustained by force. Like Richard Dawkins, he denounces the religious education of young people as child abuse. Like Sam Harris, he fires away at the Quran as well as the Bible. And like Daniel Dennett, he views faith as wish-fulfillment.”

Prothero goes on to say, “Christopher Hitchens is a brilliant man, and there is no living journalist I more enjoy reading. But I have never encountered a book whose author is so fundamentally unacquainted with its subject¢â‚¬¦”God Is Not Great” assumes a childish definition of religion and then criticizes religious people for believing such foolery.”

Prothero’s most recent book explains why silly diversionary atheists are selling so many books.

It is titled: “Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn’t.”

Americans, religious and irreligious alike, are religiously illiterate and are therefore vulnerable to the diversionary atheist’s oversimplifications.

The same crowd that was drawn to The Da Vinci Code, as if it was a factual exploration of the lineage of Jesus, are finding Hitchens the revealer of new, important truths. Oddly, he reports especially large crowds in the Bible belt.

In fact Hitchens is simply the most recent in a line of nouveau atheists who are selling a lot of books, while failing to raise serious arguments against God’s existence; they are creating straw men of religion’s abuses throughout history and using them as arguments against God’s existence.

In a sense Hitchen’s is doing us a favor by revealing the superficiality of American Christianity and the need for a return to deep faith and religious literacy.

The thoughtful creative for whom God is of central importance sees the diversion and takes it as a reminder of the importance of knowing God and making God known¢â‚¬¦and the CSC also is aware that God has already released an opinion on this diversionary atheistic enterprise through the Psalmist David who said: The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

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