Go into a Christian bookstore or parouse Amazon looking for ChristianTheGodDelusion books and you quickly realize that Richard Dawkin’s ‘The God Delusion’ has Christians, or I should say Christian authors, either quaking in their boots or salivating over ready made book ideas. ‘The God Delusion’ has struck such a chord culturally that authors are queuing up left and right to write their own rebuttal. There’s Karen Armstrong’s ‘The Case for God’, Tim Keller’s ‘The Reason for God: Belief in an age of Skepticism’, and I”m sure that Joel Osteen would write one in response if he could only understand multi-syllabic words other than ‘prosperity’ and ‘home teeth whitening kit’.

But honestly, what are we so worried about when it comes to Richard Dawkins and his ideas about God or the lack of any god? 2 Corinthians 12 gives us this great reminder, 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’
When someone like Dawkins attacks, we should celebrate, surely it means it’s something worth attacking.

And when Christians are under attack, sometimes we find allies in some unlikely places. Like Marxist Terry Eagleton.

In the July/August ‘New Humanist’ magazine interviewed Terry newhumanistEagleton and he had some very interesting things to say about Richard Dawkins. Eagleton is quoted as saying, “Imagine,someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology.” And this is only in the first paragraph of the interview.

Read the rest of the interview here.

For an ex-Catholic Marxist, Eagleton is very well read in theology and at least warrants a review of his new book, “Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate”. He provides lots to disagree with, but appears to be an unlikelly ally who reminds us that while Dawkins and counterparts (like Christopher Hitchins) are making alot of noise about the ‘non-existence of God’ they are just voicing their beliefs which “have no unimpeachably rational justification, but (they think) are nevertheless reasonable to entertain.”

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