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There truly is 'nothing new under the sun'

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Dear Editor:

The current assault on the Delta County School District by Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers certainly is truly "nothing new under the sun." The effort to discredit Jesus Christ continues to fail, as well-documented in the book, "The Case for Christ" by author Lee Strobel, with a master's degree from Yale Law School, an award-winning journalist for 13 years at the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers -- with a background of atheism. Lee Strobel set out to personally interrogate a dozen scholars with doctorates from Cambridge, Princeton, Brandeis and other top-flight institutions, who are recognized authorities on Jesus. Using his expertise as a legal investigative journalist, Lee retraces his own spiritual journey, cross-examining the experts with tough, point-blank questions: How reliable is the New Testament? Does the evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual historical event?

"The Case for Christ" is a book highly recommended for both students and parents (to read and dialogue together); to solidify the unshakable foundations of their faith which will be an excellent tool for preparing students for college or their own personal life journey where religion is assaulted by professors and/or others who assert the claim of humanistic reasoning over biblical beliefs.

Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, realizes that the rise of the "new" atheism confirms the ancient biblical wisdom of the book of Ecclesiastes that "there is nothing new under the sun." He is quick to note several stunning new developments, however. "Promulgating atheism has become a lucrative business [and] profitability is not the only feature distinguishing today's fashionable disbelief from the varieties of atheism that have arisen over the millennia," he says.

The most obvious characteristics, Berkowitz states, are best realized by a historical comparison of the new atheism to the classical atheism of Epicurus and Lucretius, the enlightenment atheism of the 18th century, and the anti-modern atheism of Nietzsche and Heidegger. "Whereas classical atheism rejected belief in the gods in the name of pleasure and tranquility, the new atheism rejects God in the name of natural science," he says. "Unlike enlightenment atheism, which arose in a still predominantly religious society and which went to some effort to disguise or mute its disbelief, the new atheism proclaims its seemingly never-ending hatred of God and organized religion loudly and proudly from the rooftops." And, according to Berkowitz, whereas anti-modern atheists considered the death of God movement a blow to the human spirit, the new atheism views the abandonment of religious faith in the modern world as a good thing, "lamenting only the perverse and widespread resistance to shedding once and for all the hopelessly backward belief in a divine presence in history."

It should be noted here that the Freethinkers, united with the Atheists in Western Colorado, ascribe to a person that forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority; especially one who doubts or denies religious dogma. Neither the authority of the Scriptures, nor the authority of a legal investigative journalist with his referenced authoritative sources would satisfy this group.

Initiating his research as an atheist, Lee stated in his book, "I set aside my self-interest and prejudices as best I could; I read books, interviewed experts, asked questions, analyzed history, explored archaeology, studied ancient literature, and for the first time in my life picked apart the Bible verse by verse. I plunged into this case with more vigor than with any story I have ever pursued. I applied the training I had received at Yale Law School as well as my experience as a legal affairs editor of the Chicago Tribune. And over time the evidence of the world -- of history, of science, of philosophy, of psychology -- began to point toward the unthinkable (for an atheist)."

Journey with the investigative atheist over this two-year period of discovery which led him to the "Conclusion: The Verdict of History," established by evidence, and "What it Means Today."

We can truly celebrate Good Friday and Easter which is the greatest love story in all the world; John 3:16, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."

Al Rozman
Paonia

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