Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

In 2007 Richard Dawkins joined an anti-God squad of writers with his best selling book The God Delusion. This has led to the most sustained discussion of religion in society for decades, including a flurry of counter-attacks against Dawkins and his fellow prophets. Among the other writers slamming God and religion were Sam Harris with The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. Christopher Hitchens' with God Is Not Great which had a long run high on the New York Times best-seller list. Daniel Dennett wrote Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon and Victor J. Stenger penned God: The Failed Hypothesis. Highly successful sales led to the these writers being dubbed the "new atheists."

But religion hasn't always been exempt from scrutiny in other generations. Friedrich Nietzsche complained that he had found "…it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people," and Émile Zola declared the perfection of civilization will be at hand when "the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest!" Voltaire described Christianity as "the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world." Tennessee Williams saw in the God of Western mythology a "senile delinquent." David Hume called prevailing religious principles "sick men's dreams."

This ancient Psalm 19 informs us that God can survive the attacks against him because it is his glory that is in evidence as the sun shines on believers and defamers alike. Eons ago at the time of creation, praise to God began by what God made.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard." Psalm 19:1-3

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