A growing number of renowned atheists have begun to warn that the decline of Christianity is seriously damaging society.
A few decades ago, when the Christian faith began to lose ground in the West, movements like New Atheist led by the renowned biologist Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens began to gain strength.
Today, however, some of the same laymen who ridiculed the idea that humanity needed to distinguish right from wrong according to God’s teachings are beginning to discover that with the advance of secularization it is even becoming difficult to distinguish man from woman, journalist Jonathon Van Maren told Life Site News.
“Without the Christian underpinnings of our society, it will be up to us to decide what is right and wrong, and as our current culture wars clearly illustrate, our civilization will tear itself apart before it regains consensus,” Van Maren added.
In fact, famous atheists such as zoologist Richard Dawkins agree that it is not necessary to believe in Christianity to realize that it is necessary for Western civilization to function in harmony, warning that, otherwise, the “benign Christian religion” could end up being replaced by something less benign.
Dawkins, who in 2015 argued that children should be protected from their parents’ religious views, now questions his own views, claiming that ending religion is “a bad idea,” because “it would give people license to do really bad things,” The Times reported.
“Whether irrational or not, it does, unfortunately, seem plausible that, if somebody sincerely believes God is watching his every move, he might be more likely to be good,” Dawkins said, asserting that Christianity “might bring the crime right down.”
Many others, such as psychologist Jordan Peterson or journalist Douglas Murray, were the utopian atheists who theorized for years that once God was expelled from public life, people could become more aware of themselves and live more fully. Over the years, however, more and more prominent atheists seem to be reconsidering that Christianity is more necessary than they thought.
Peterson and Murray met last year at a conference. “The moral framework Christianity provided us may prove to be far more important and valuable than any intellectual atheism,” said Murray, who declares himself an atheist who “believes in faith,” but cannot force himself to believe in Christianity, described The Bridge Head.
Murray has also repeatedly pointed out that “the most significant and dangerous void of atheism” is the fact that it does not provide a coherent moral framework for good and evil, resulting in atheists not being fitted to condemn immoral practices, according to The Spectator.
“We dream Christian dreams”
Peterson agreed with Murray’s assertion, “Our tenuous social consensus on things like infanticide, Murray asserts, may still exist only because we all still dream Christian dreams, even the atheists.”
“Our very conception of human rights is a Christian one, he notes, and without it, we may be staring into the abyss,” Murray added. Peterson agreed again, even pointing to the savage crimes of communism.
It should be noted that Christian author Larry Taunton, a close friend of the atheist leader Christopher Hitchens, said his friend did not hate Christians but religious hypocrites and that after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, they began to study the Bible together.