Have you noticed how the most aggressive of the new atheists are all British? Left to Right are teh four most famous Christophobes: Scientist Richard Dawkins, Philosopher A.C.Grayling, Journalist Christopher Hitchens and children’s author Philip Pullman.
Do authors create a trend in thought or express one that already exists in their society? I think it is more of the latter than the former. Practical atheism has been growing in British society for a long time, but among the educated classes it has been disguised as a form of louche tolrerance. The British liberal academic has a drink in one hand, a slight sneer of disdain on his lips and a condescending attitude to all lesser creatures–especially religious believers.
That world weary, sophisticated tolerant attitude doesn’t last long however. Beneath the decadent sophistication is a bubbling rage. They hate religious believers. At first it comes out in increasingly sarastic comments towards those with whom they disagree. Then it emerges as scathing comments. Before long it mounts to incoherent rage. Their argument moves from polite logic to seething, uncontrollable hatred mixed with a demonic kind of mockery and scorn for the opposition.
Old Screwtape has chosen his mouthpieces well. They are sooo urbane, sooo British, sooo articulate, sooo intellectual, sooo Oxford and Cambridge darling…They must be smart. They must be right.
Don’t be fooled. These are just the articulate, educated atheists. In Britain for every educated atheist who writes clever books there are busloads of uneducated, boorish, drunken and angry atheists. The yobboes, hooligans, gangsters, skinheads and louts of British society hate God too, and all they need is a leader and some uniforms to start the pogroms.
History shows us that atheists kill Christians. That’s what they do. History shows us that Christians forgive atheists. That’s what they do.