Atheism’s Latest Attack

The National Secular Society in England has launched an initiative to request a certificate of de-baptism.
by Thomas A. Flynn, LC | Source: Catholic.net

The National Secular Society in England has launched an initiative to request a certificate of de-baptism. So far they say that 100,000 Brits have downloaded the document from the Internet, disgusted by the idea of being called a Christian. Some are calling baptism “a form of child abuse”, as if the gift of faith we equivalent to the atrocious situations of violence in the home that we all know so well.

This is just the latest attack by atheistic groups around the globe. Pro-atheism advertisements have been draped on buses in several countries with phrases like “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” These, alongside the extensive array of anti-God best-sellers by authors like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, announce that atheism is on the march. 

Yet, one has to wonder, why all the hype?

If these men truly believed that God did not exist, why do they continue to attack him?  If “God is dead”, as Fredrick Nietzsche proclaimed more than a century ago, why should we form national organizations to prove that he really died? Could it be that God is not dead, and that perhaps atheism had it all wrong?

If it is not an assault against God, it certainly is a war on Christianity. But before atheism makes its next move, it should weigh the consequences of a society without Christianity. Modern Western culture is based upon virtues deriving from the Christian faith, and when you get rid of those pillars it all crumbles. Those are not my words but Alexis de Tocqueville’s. In his classic work Democracy in America, he reveals the necessity of moral Christian virtues for a democracy to run well. In attacking Christianity, atheists run the risk of annihilating the virtues necessary for a democracy to work.

This is not the first attempt to rid society of Christian morals and virtues. Although the list is lengthy, we could point to the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham. He conjured up the idea of establishing an ethical code based on two core principles: do all that brings you pleasure, and avoid all that causes pain. That sounds a bit like the “stop worrying and enjoy you life” bus signs we see today. Yet there was a slight crack in Bentham’s ethical idea. What happens when someone pursues his pleasure at the expense of another person? To overcome that problem, Bentham said that there was no such thing as rights: “Rights are nonsense on stilts”, in his words. What then of the necessity for law to recognize the natural dignity – and therefore also rights – of every human person?   

As atheism marches on in its battle against God and Christianity, it should take a moment to consider what society would be like without them. Many hospitals would be left unattended, orphanages would become abandoned, schools and universities would have to close.

But what would be most surprising for the atheists is that with Christianity gone and the human person reduced to a mere biological mass, there will be no one left to protect their rights against an inevitable tyranny of the most powerful.



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Published by: Jakob Walker
Date: 2010-09-17 16:51:21
This is most certainly not an attack on religion, and the way you skipped from "not wanting to be part of a particular group" to "democracy wouldn't work without God" astounded me. It is not considered an attack on a bank to move your savings elsewhere; nor is it an attack on a community to move house. Considering this, why should it be considered an attack upon religion for people to have a church acknowledge that they are no longer members? It's like you're looking for a any pathetic excuse you can find to lash out at members of another world view. I'm sorry you find it difficult to believe not everybody is a Catholic. Also, democracy isn't a Christian thing. The Greeks had democracy a long, long, long time ago and I'm pretty sure they weren't one nation under "God," as you call him.

Published by: Maria
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
This is obviously an attack on the Church, because they attempt to desacrate what we Catholics hold as supreme gift: The Baptism for forgiveness of sins.

Published by: Concern Parent
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
My children are my responsibility and it is my right to decide how to raise them! I am entitled to decided how to raise my children in whichever faith I choose to do so, like it or not.

Published by: RtPt
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
The attack is on religion.

Published by: Michael
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
@HowAbouttheSun You will find an excellent article on that subject wikipedia.org under "Stellar evolution".

Published by: samuel
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
great article!

Published by: Maria
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
This is obviously an attack on the Church, because they attempt to desacrate what we Catholics hold as supreme gift: The Baptism for forgiveness of sins.

Published by: Concern Parent
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
My children are my responsibility and it is my right to decide how to raise them! I am entitled to decided how to raise my children in whichever faith I choose to do so, like it or not.

Published by: RtPt
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
The attack is on religion.

Published by: Michael
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
@HowAbouttheSun You will find an excellent article on that subject wikipedia.org under "Stellar evolution".

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