I have finally finished reading Christopher Hitchens’ book “God is Not Great.” I would like to offer a detailed, though not exhaustive, rebuttal of his book and the New Atheism movement as a whole. Of all the approaches one could take in developing an apologetic against New Atheism, I will argue from a presuppositional method. The main thesis I am operating from is that Hitchens’ rejection of God is not because of insufficient proof, but because of his sinful heart.
Ultimately, all men know God exists, some simply choose to be foolish and reject the knowledge they inherently know to be true. They exchange the “truth for a lie” and “the wisdom of God for the wisdom of man.” In other words, unbelief exists, not because of insufficient proof or improper reasoning, but unbelief exists because of sin; not only in the case of Hitchens, but of every individual who every lived.
Since this is the case, rational arguments will be of some help in evaluating Hitchens’ New Atheism, but ultimately they must be evaluated in light of what Scripture says. This paper ultimately seeks to argue against the presuppositions and assumptions of New Atheism, rather than its conclusions. For in so doing, the conclusions will be directly voided.
The crux of Hitchens’ (as well as others) argument for atheism, as well as his reasons for painting “religion” as poisonous, is that if God were to exist and interact in the physical world then God, visa-vise his actions and his followers, should be testable, observable, and falsifiable. For Hitchens’ science has more than enough to say to religion, especially to a God who supposedly interacts with the physical world. He thinks of science and religion as holding conflicting claims about the world. Hitchens would most likely classify himself as a New Atheist under the rubric of “anti-religion” that comes to terms with what “science” tells us about God.
The subtitle of his book is the best summarization of his point; religion is wrong because it ruins everything. It is the purpose of this paper to show the flaws in reasoning and argumentation that comes from the New Atheism movement, in particular those reasonings and argumentations as put forth by Christopher Hitchens. This series of post over the next several weeks will show that God does not only exist, but that Christianity has the best to offer the world.