Saturday, March 27, 2010
Atheism as Fatherlessness
This past Friday, our church held a showing of the movie "Collision" where Doug Wilson and Christopher Hitchens debated the subject of "Is Christianity Good for the World." At one point, Doug Wilson stated that atheism is essentially "Fatherlessness," to which Mr. Hitchens nodded his head in agreement. Later in the film, when asked what Mr. Hitchens is able to base his morality on, he quickly blurted out something to the effect of "well, the brotherhood of man is a very strong basis," and then muttered, "well then if there is the brotherhood of man, then I guess one could argue for fatherhood as well." I also recall him stating early on that he was not all that impressed with the virgin birth, as he was aware of how from a scientific point of view that there are ways that this could actually happen without anything miraculous having to occur. So, to Hitchens there did seem to be something about this theme of fatherlessness with which he had not wrestled out completely, and I think Wilson or an evangelist might find some traction by building on it. In our own doubts and unbelief, we feel and sense a type of fatherlessness, which necessitates the preaching of the reality of our Father in Heaven to His prodigals. (And I also cannot help but think of the huge epidemic of fatherlessness that our country faces as well) --- opportunity knocks!