This is the 1,984th year since April 7, AD 30, the widely accepted date among historians for the crucifixion of Jesus (the 1,981st if you find the arguments for April 3, AD 33 persuasive).Christians have been pondering this stuff for a long time.
One slightly annoying feature of New Atheism is the constant claim that believers invoke God as an explanation of the "gaps" in our knowledge of the universe: as we fill in the gaps with more science, God disappears.
Even as thoughtful a man as Lawrence Krauss, a noted physicist, did this just last month on British radio following new evidence of the earliest moments of the Big Bang.
That might be Richard Dawkins' preferred definition—except when he was publicly asked by Oxford's Professor John Lennox whether he had "faith" in his lovely wife—but it is important to know that in theology "faith" always means God—have faith in him—in the sense meant in theology.
Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss have done a disservice to atheism by talking as though Six-Day Creationism is the default Christian conviction.
Moving from science and philosophy to sociology, I regard New Atheism's "religion poisons everything" argument as perhaps its greatest faux pas.
Not just because it is obviously untrue but because anyone who has entertained the idea and then bumped into an actual Christian community will quickly wonder what other fabrications Hitchens and Dawkins have spun.As an intellectual movement, Christianity has a head start on atheism.So it's only natural that believers would find some of the current arguments against God less than satisfying.Without some familiarity with these figures, or their modern equivalents—Pannenberg, Ward, Mac Intrye, Mc Grath, Plantinga, Hart, Volf—popular atheists can sound like the kid in English class: "Miss, Shakespeare is stupid!" One of the things that becomes apparent in serious Christian literature is that almost no one uses "faith" in the sense of .Thus Krauss and others battling against the mythical God-of-the-gaps sound like a clever mechanic who imagines that just because he can explain how a car works he has done away with the Manufacturer.