Video: The Atheism Fad (again)


Not that atheism is new at all.  And not that it doesn’t pop up over and over again throughout history in different forms.  But it seems to be getting a particularly large number of looks lately from searching souls.  At least enough to warrant the writing of lots of books on the topic.

Some of these books can make compelling cases for the absence of God, especially when they are left unchallenged.  That’s why it is important for Christians and other theists to be able to question atheism and make the much more satisfying and fulfilling case for God.

Here Fr. Barron comments on one of the most popular atheism books written by Christopher Hitchens.

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Blake Clifford May 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I have had many acquaintances over the years both personally and professionally, Catholic and other religions, and the atheists I have encountered were often former Catholics disillusioned by people in the Church because of their own inability to look past those people to see the true beauty of the Church that Jesus Christ started. The next issue, from the folks I have met, form their religious views much like all of their other views, from what I coin “Meism”; what is in it for me? However, they are only willing to look at their immediate satisfaction – what training will I receive from the company? How much money will I earn? What will God give me NOW? Why should I go to church on Sunday when I could be at the beach? Or go to church on another day other than Sunday, Why? I have too much to do! I want to succeed in life and I deserve to succeed! I want more than this, so why shouldn’t I have it?

And so on… Basically, their life priorities are materialistic and sociological; there’s no time for worrying about the opportunity of eternal life God has provided us.

I do believe atheism is merely laziness in so many cases.

Blake Clifford

Artie May 23, 2009 at 9:09 am

New Atheism is just intellectually dishonest and might I even suggest hate filled. You will find most of these new atheists to have the attitude of a “Bill Maher”, who in my opinion is the poster child of the new atheism in pop culture.

I know some atheists/agnostics who are great people and have great respect for our Catholic beliefs. To group all atheists as hate filled is a caricature, but an accurate one for those who belong to the camp I mentioned above.

For the record the “science vs. God” debate is annoying as some of the greatest scientists were Catholic clergy and laity. If you like western culture and the educational system that is in it, then you have to give credit to the Catholic Church. Faith and reason in its proper context are a beautiful thing.

Chris May 31, 2009 at 8:47 am

Religion is filled with bigotry a hatred… There is not much difference between god’s wrath and god’s will… If a child dies it is god’s will, if a sinner dies it is god’s will. Yet god is full of love. Religion is leading this world down a path of ignorance. Think for yourself, there is not anyone talking to you.

Artie May 31, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Chris, I would imagine it would depend on which religion. I know that Christianity was based upon truth and love. You want to know who God really is, look at His son, Jesus Christ. If we become more like Christ, we are filled with love, not bigotry and hatred. As far as *religion* leading the world down a path of ignorance. I would again say it depends on the religion. Western culture as we know it (university system, hospitals, form of government, and yes even science) was driven primarily by faithful Catholics and even non Catholic Christians. Believing or not believing in God does not make one more intellectually inferior or even more moral than the other. As you know there are Christians who are not very Christ like, I know atheists that were more Christ like than some self-proclaimed Christians.

I agree Christ, us Christians do need to do a better job of being Christ like.

Jairo Mejia August 6, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Atheists and Gnostics are right in most of their thinking

It has been common among religious believers to look with misgiving to atheists and Gnostics, and to think that they are mistaken; however, in many instances the opposite is the truth; some religious beliefs are not just irrelevant, but baseless. The “God” of main line traditions simply does not exist. I accepted the challenge of finding the One who may be recognized even by Gnostics and atheists: the Existence itself, “All-That-Is.” If something is there, that is God. Look at the book “Christianity Reformed From ist Roots – A life centered in God” ( I am confident that some of your friends will be relieved of the illusion, as I did myself.

Jairo Mejia, M. Psych., Santa Clara University
Retired Episcopal Priest
Carmel Valley, California

Artie Catalano August 6, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I don’t doubt that atheists and agnostics are correct on some things, but I also know that on some other things they are incorrect.

I have been reading a little about this book on line and all I can say is that anything that teaches that all is relative, and that there are no absolutes, and that Jesus is one of many enlightened masters is not Christianity, I probably will not read it, not because I fear it or anything of that nature, it is because there are tons of other great books out there that need to be read first.

This book challenges the beliefs of the Catholic Church on Jesus, God, and Scripture. Jesus as a mere a humble Peasant of Nazareth glorified by his resurrection, not necessarily 100% God and 100% man.

I have not read the book, so I cannot judge it totally.

I guess if I believe in absolute truths and teachings of the Catholic Church, I am not a free thinker?

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