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God is not ... to be mocked

Atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of the bestselling God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, recently debated Alister McGrath, Oxford professor of historical theology, at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Hitchens highlights: Christ’s atonement for sins was an immoral act, God is a sinister dictator, Christian repentance is masochistic, humans are little more than quasi-chimpanzees, and Christianity is similar to Marxism and Nazism.

McGrath politely attempted to counter Hitchens’ attacks on Christianity one by one, finally asserting that God is not a “celestial dictator” but a “celestial liberator.”   He also raised some thought-provoking questions, including: “In a world where reason and science do not deliver what we once thought they did, on what can we base our lives if we are to know what we are truly living for the good, the beautiful, and the true life?”

Let us pray for Christopher Hitchens--that his eyes would be opened to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.

(HT: World Mag)