Wilson: You say, incidentally, that this kind of law was bringing coals to Newcastle—Moses came down from the mount and told people that murder, theft, and perjury were wrong, and all the assembled rolled their collective eyes. “We already knew that!” But the problem is that ancient man didn’t know that, and modern man still doesn’t know it. To state some of the issues that are subsumed under just one of the three categories you mention is to point to controversies that continue down to this day. Consider some of the issues clustered under the easiest of these three to condemn—murder. We have abortion, infanticide, partial-birth abortion, euthanasia, genocide, stem-cell research, capital punishment, and unjust war. Murder is the big E on the eye chart, and we still can’t see it that clearly.
Christopher Hitchens, and Douglas Wilson. Is Christianity Good for the World? Canon Press, 2009. 39.
Wilson: “God knew that we were going to need to pick up dimes, and so He gave us fingernails. He knew that twilights displayed in blue, apricot, and battle gray would be entirely astonishing and beyond us, and so He gave us eyes that can see in color. He could have made all food quite nourishing, but which tasted like wadded up newspaper soaked in machine oil. Instead He gave us the tastes of watermelon, pecans, oatmeal stout, buttered corn, apples, fresh bread, grilled sirloin, and 25-year-old scotch. And He of course knew that we were going to need to thank Him and so He gave us hearts and minds.”
Christopher Hitchens, and Douglas Wilson. Is Christianity Good for the World? Canon Press, 2009.
Good, good, good, so good.
Wilson is top-notch and has the upper hand to give the response.
Hitchens is spot-on typical atheist:
- Remove God from the equation
- Plug-in Evolution as the new source
In this, the main hard-hitting topic was Morals and Ethics or the source of Morals and Ethics.
Wilson’s explanation needs none here. Hitchens’ explanation is that there is no source but rather, our morals have evolved.
Classic Romans 1:18-32.
The book is super-short and an awesome introduction to the end-of-an-era Modern Enlightened Atheist and what the Bible has said otherwise. (I must emphasized Modern Enlightened because I don’t know what a post-modern atheist looks like or is that label even possible under post-modernism. But I digress.)
Can’t recommend this highly enough. Bravo, Wilson. Bravo, Hitchens. (I wish you were still here with us.)
Purchase from Amazon.