Busting An Even Better Move

Zoomtard better not turn into a Hitchens-Watch website where I obsessively and boringly follow the new fundatheist Christopher Hitchens. He sure does know how to write but he seems intent on following the lucrative path of the Atheists’ High Priest Richard Dawkins in turning his remarkable ability for rhetoric to the service of silly arguments.

In his latest Slate article he has a go at Islam. He writes:

No human being can possibly claim to know that there is a God at all, or that there are, or were, any other gods to be repudiated.

Why can no human make such a claim? Well according to Hitchens it is because it is unreasonable. Reason can’t support such a claim. The problem that he fails to allude to, deal with or overcome, the problem he tries to walk past fast enough so that you don’t notice the sleight of hand involved in his priestly duty is: How is it unreasonable? Assertion is not argument. But his transubstantiation of reason into secular humanism can offer only strong assertion.

When you do sit down long enough to see that Hitchens, and Dawkins and their disciples are actually passing off a philosophical movement as the sole purveyors of truth you begin to see them as strangely religious people. Hitchens believes in post-enlightenment materialism in the same way that I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are the foundations of all our other observations. Like CS Lewis put it, I believe in Jesus like I believe in the sun. Not because I can see it but because by it I can see everything else. Materialism acts in the same way for Hitchens. His vaulted “reason” is as axiomatic as my worshiped Christ, and equally a matter of faith.

This doesn’t mean that all our different faiths collapse down into a question of opinion: I have my faith and you have yours. In fact, it is a tenet of post-Enlightenment thought that faith is like this, truth neutral, a subject one can’t argue about. I actually believe that the reason Hitchens and Dawkins are so unwilling to enter into specific debate with Christians about their Christ or their Scriptures or into specific debate with philosophers about their epistemology is because they know that in such a debate, their casual appropriation of reason will be shown for the power play that it actually is.

At the end of the article where Hitchens basically pitches all moderate Muslims into the same camp as the Extremists (let me use their tactics and just appeal to your senses here- that argument doesn’t sound right at all, does it?) he finishes with a truly extremist statement. We should, he says, remind the Islamofascists that there are almost a billion Hindus who they are offending and angering, a billion plus Christians and so on.

How about reminding the Islamists that, by their mad policy in Kashmir and elsewhere, they have made deadly enemies of a billion Indian Hindus?

That is the kind of reasoned response that only such a clear headed thinker could offer: we must increase the animus, get more people in on the aggression and make sure the temperature rises so that no dialogue is possible. Even Jesus wasn’t as smart as Hitchens.

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4 Responses to “Busting An Even Better Move”

  1. When the devil found that people didn’t really care about Satanic back tracking on rock n roll records so much he invented Richard Dawkins & Co to make Christians want to take up pitchforks and fight…then while my blood boils over the arrogance of Prof Dawkins the devil is having a field day somewhere else less obvious or something like that….I still am very worked up about Richard Dawkins…how is it so…..

  2. zoomtard says:

    Well that rock and or roll music that the kids love today is often played on the radio. And the radio is wireless. And Richard Dawkins writes his books on a laptop with wireless. So maybe the real enemy is wireless?

    I am off to build a church out of cables.

  3. WhyNotSmile says:

    How do you know Richard Dawkins writes his books on a laptop with wireless? Do you have any evidence for that? Or is it a matter of faith? If we tell him that he is writing books by means of faith, maybe he’ll stop.

  4. If you knocked on my door and told me you had built a church outta cables I would come…try that in the parish