As the decline of American society
persists, it is not coincidence that the atheist movement in the
United States is simultaneously growing.
According to The Pew Forum on Religion & Public
Life, one in five American households profess no religious
affiliation. That can't be too surprising to anyone who understands
human nature or historical trends. A prosperous society built upon
the back of the very values espoused in the Judeo-Christian
worldview inevitably yields to satisfaction, complacency and
arrogance -- the belief that our material possessions, our
comforts, our good fortune are all the result of our own hands.
Soon it's more than just not "needing" God for our provision. Man
rebels against Him, and is offended by the mere suggestion of His
authority. This culminates in an inevitable downward slouch that
has accompanied so many great civilizations of the past. So it
appears to be with us.
Granted, the number of "nones," as these trendy hipsters
like to call themselves, is not overwhelming, but it's certainly
higher than it should be if we were still a humble and rational
people. The inversion of those two principles (humility and
rationality) is one of the most stunning things about the atheist.
They claim to be people of reason, yet eschew and despise its very
foundation. They fail to grasp that apart from the eternal
consistency provided by the biblical God, they would have
absolutely no basis for reason at all.
The very fact that an atheist can argue about the laws of
science "proving" there is no God, is actually proof in and of
itself that He must exist. Perhaps this is what Scripture means
when it states, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became
fools." Surely there is no better description of the American
And let's not forget arrogance. One of the funniest
accusations to hear come from the lips of a rabid, evangelistic
atheist is the one that goes like this: "You Christians are so
arrogant to think that you're right and everyone else is
Of course, that kind of an accusation is an
extraordinarily short-sighted attack, and one that doesn't
understand the Christian mind at all. Christians certainly don't
believe that the massive preponderance of human beings since the
dawn of creation who have believed in some form of Moral Authority,
Designer, and/or Deity are wrong. We think they are 100-percent
accurate in their basic understanding that there is Someone beyond
us all. And there are a large number of issues about morality and
goodness and natural law that Christians have in common with other
Obviously, when it comes to the claims of Jesus of
Nazareth, Christians believe we have it right and others are wrong.
But it is wholly inaccurate to suggest that Christians think they
alone are right on the most fundamental question there is, and that
everyone else is wrong. That distinction belongs to ... you guessed
it ... the atheist.
It is the arrogance of the atheist mind that believes
every man and woman who has, throughout history, placed his or her
faith in the existence of a Supreme Being or beings has been
100-percent, totally and utterly wrong on that most fundamental
I write about this in my book BELiEVE: A
Confrontation with Christianity's Biggest
Challenges. Imagine a four-lane highway full of
traffic all traveling in one direction. Then suddenly, one singular
car traveling the opposite way down the same roadway appears,
heading into oncoming traffic. While it's possible that the driver
of the one car was the only one who knew the right way and everyone
else was just mistaken, logic and rationality would suggest
otherwise. It would take an extremely arrogant driver to stick his
head out of his sunroof and start screaming at all the other
drivers about how dumb they were, without ever pausing to consider
he might be in the wrong.
Such is the worldview of the atheist ... or "none." So
pardon my lack of excitement at the fact that such an irrational,
arrogant and foolish worldview is becoming more common in American
culture. It says a lot about who we are becoming and where we're
going as a people.
Peter Heck (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a public high school
government teacher and radio talk show host in central
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