Tag Archives: Doug Wilson

Wilson: poor quality atheism

21 Oct

Found this on the Huffingdon Post today in the run-up to the release of the Collision documentary:

The atheistic worldview is nothing if not inherently reductionistic, whether this is admitted or not. Everything that happens is a chance-driven rattle-jattle jumble in the great concourse of atoms that we call time. Time and chance acting on matter have brought about, in equally aimless fashion, the 1927 New York Yankees, yesterday’s foam on a New Jersey beach, Princess Di, the arrangement of pebbles on the back side of the moon, the music of John Cage, the Fourth Crusade, and the current gaggle representing us all in Congress…

If the atheist is right, then I am not a Christian because I have mistaken beliefs, but am rather a Christian because that is what these chemicals would always do in this arrangement and at this temperature. The problem is that this atheistic assumption does the very same thing to the atheist’s case for atheism. The atheist gives us an account of all things which makes it impossible for us to believe that any account of all things could possibly be true. But no account of things can be tenable unless it provides us with the preconditions that make it possible for our “accounting” to represent genuine insight. Atheism fails to do this, and the failure is a spectacular one. Nor does atheism allow us to have any fixed ethical standard, or the possibility of beauty.

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Wilson: Thunder and Lightning

28 Sep

A handy quote from Doug Wilson at the Desiring God National Conference this week:

We come to declare that all men need to repent and believe. The kingdom of God is here.

We declare what has been accomplished, not what we would like to be accomplished.

We are ordained to feed the sheep and drive away the wolves.

And if needs be, we have been ordained to preach the word as if we were thunder and lightning. How can we not? The Scriptures are thunder and lightning.

Collision: Hitchens vs Wilson

11 Sep

Looks like this could be worth watching. Out 27th October. Here’s a Hitchens quote from the book he and Wilson co-authored which led to the film:

The Christian faith is good for the world because it provides the fixed standard which atheism cannot provide and because it provides forgiveness for sins, which atheism cannot provide either. We need the direction of the standard because we are confused sinners. We need the forgiveness because we are guilty sinners. Atheism not only keeps the guilt, but it also keeps the confusion.