Stealing from God: The New Atheists
By John Stonestreet
Atheists are convinced they have logic firmly on their side, and that their brand of logic informs them that there is no God. But during this week’s broadcast, John Stonestreet welcomes Frank Turek, author of the book “Stealing from God.” He’ll explain why these atheists have to pilfer logic from God to argue against Him.
Dr. Frank Turek breaks the mold of Christian apologetics. All too often, Christians contending for the faith take a defensive posture, resorting to arguments intended to shore up the biblical worldview, rather than “demolish every argument and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) Turek’s approach is different, and he explains it in his newest book, “Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case.”
What’s the gist of his argument? Turek believes that Christianity is the truth, and that other worldviews are false, and he’s willing to act like it. He thinks proponents of false worldviews must borrow from the Christian worldview knowingly or unknowingly in order to make sense of the world. Or as he puts it, they must “steal from God” in order to live sensibly in His universe. This is especially true for atheists and materialists.
Not only do atheists have no cause to believe in an orderly cosmos or a human mind capable of grasping that order, but they have no basis for believing in morality.
Nevertheless, many modern atheists “thunder moral pronouncements,” as Dr. Chris Leland of Colorado Christian University says. The likes of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Bill Maher make dogmatic moral appraisals all the time. Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins famously made his opinion clear in “The God Delusion,” a book Turek calls one long moral rant against God…
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