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Dr. Mohler “On Faith”, Atheism, and an Onslaught Against Christianity

picDr. Mohler has recently produced several works on the topic of faith. He has recently been asked to participate in a panel discussion over different topics of faith. The group discussion is called “On Faith” and is being presented through Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post. The first topic of conversation is “If some religious people believe they have a monopoly on truth, then are conversation and common ground possible? If so, what would be the difficulties and benefits of such a conversation?” The panel includes many notable names including Desmond Tutu, Sam Harris, Richard Land, Brian D. McLaren, and Cal Thomas. Dr. Mohler's answer is entitled "Telling the Truth about Truth."

 Dr. Mohler also composed two articles on the topic of Atheism at his website. He states that “2006 has been a big year for atheism.” He writes in his blog an article entitled “No Conflict Between Science and Religion?” and in his commentary section “The New Atheism?” In the blog article Mohler focuses in on a recent conference on the topic of science and religion held at Salk institute for Biological Studies. Mohler states that “Evidently, the event was an opportunity to declare open warfare on belief in God.” Dr. Mohler states on his site that

“The New Scientist described the meeting as an evangelistic rally for disbelief in God: It had all the fervour of a revivalist meeting. True, there were no hallelujahs, gospel songs or swooning, but there was plenty of preaching, mostly to the converted, and much spontaneous applause for exhortations to follow the path of righteousness. And right there at the forefront of everyone's thoughts was God.”

In his commentary he writes of a recent cover story from WIRED on the topic of a rising New Atheism. Dr. Mohler points out from the article that “In ‘The New Atheism,’ WIRED contributing Editor Gary Wolf explains that this newly assertive form of atheism declares a very simple message: ‘No heaven. No hell. Just science.’” The article from WIRED focuses on three prominent Atheists (whom Gary Wolf interviewed for much of his article), and the article is quick to point out that these men not only don’t believe in God, they also are evangelists for this non-religion. These three men are Richards Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett.

 Dr. Mohler’s articles are very insightful and worth reading sense vitriolic atheism seems to be on the rise and will become more prevalent. We are made more keenly aware of the assault the post-modern culture is making on Christianity. We must be steadfast in our convictions and in our knowledge of the “faith once for all delivered to the saints.” We realize that we do not hope that people will come to believe in some abstract, Supreme Being, but we hope that they will come to have an intimate knowledge of the God who became flesh. We hope for their belief in the God who bore the cross and our sins in His own body and the God who provides salvation and relationship through that mediator. Understanding that God says in Psalm 14 “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’ they are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.”

 Dr. Mohler sums it up best at the end of his blog by asserting that “Right there at the forefront of everyone's thoughts was God? Yes — inevitably so — even at a forum held to declare his non-existence.” We must understand that we are not righteous, we do not seek after God, but we do serve a savior who, “came to seek and to save that which is lost”. A savior who came to bring light to the dark and the dark has not understood this light. We realize through grace we have had this “Light” revealed to us, even as we pray for those that are blinded and unable at present to see the Light of the World.