What’s So Great About Christianity

Today I read What’s So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D’Souza. Overall, it was a really enjoyable and well researched apologetic. I recommend it highly, though I don’t agree with all his presuppositions, particularly about Christ and Culture.

 

In the preface he astutely denounces Christian fundamentalism/escapism:

Instead of engaging this secular world, most Christians have taken the easy way out. They have retreated into a Christian subculture where they engage Christian concerns. Then they step back into secular society where their Christian is kept out of sign until the next church service. Without realizing it Christen have become postmodernists of a sort: they live by the gospel of the two truths. There is religious truth, reserved for Sundays and days of worship, and there is secular truth, which applies the rest of the time. (page xiv)

Concerning secular/revisionist history he makes a great point:

Even the names—“Middle Ages,” “Dark Ages”—guide such a person in his prejudices. Terms like “Renaissance” and “Enlightenment” are uncritically interpreted as literal descriptions of the spirit of the age. We should remember that the people who lived during the Renaissance did not consider themselves Renaissance figures. The term is a nineteenth-century one that has been retroactively applied. (page 42)

 

The Establishment Clause and Separation of Church and State:

Today courts wrongly interpret separation of church and state to mean that religion has no place in the public arena or that morality derived form religion should not be permitted to shape our laws. Somehow freedom for religious expression has become freedom form religious expression. Secularists want to empty the public square of religion and religious-based morality so they can monopolize the shared space of society with their own views. In the process they have made religious believers into second-class citizens. This is a profound distortion of a noble idea that is also a Christian idea. The separation of the realms should not be a weapon against Christianity; rather it is a device supplied by Christianity to promote social peace, religious freedom, and a moral community. If we removed the concept in its true sense, our society would be much better off. (page 53)

Atheistic indoctrination regarding science curricula:   

Theists can be champions of science while at the same time exposing the way in which Darwin’s ideas are being ideologically manipulated, just as they were by the social Darwinists a century ago. It is this ideological indoctrination masquerading as science than should be fought in the classroom. Evolution should be taught, but it should be taught without the metaphysics of Darwinism. Instead of suing to get theories of creationism and intelligent design into the science classroom, Christians should be suing to get atheist interpretations of Darwin out. (page 153)

Probably my favorite quote involved his incisive statement about our culture’s lust for “love” and the horror that has resulted:

The deepest appeal of secular morality is its role in the formation and preservation of “love relationships.” How do we know that we love? There is no other way but to reach deep into ourselves and consult the inner voice, which is not the voice of reason but the voice of feeling. We succumb to that inward self so completely that we feel that we have lost control. We don’t love, but are “in love,” and we are now not entirely responsible for what we do. …

Here we have the firsthand of a serious problem with secular morality. In its central domain, that of love, it is notoriously fickle. It starts out very sure of itself, promising not just “I love you” but “I will always love you.” This is stated not hypocritically or cunningly but sincerely. Each time actress Elizabeth Taylor got married she could be heard on television saying something like, “This time I’ve got it right. This time it’s the real thing.” … So the West has paid an enormous social price—evident in the ineffable sadness of the children of divorce—for its adoption of secular morality. (pages 256-257)

Marxism:

The Marxist doctrine needs to be revised. It is not religion that is the opiate of the people, but atheism that is the opiate of the morally corrupt. (page 267)

Atheists’ real reason for lack of faith is because of sexual mores:

When atheists give elaborate justification for why God does not exist and why traditional morality is an illusion, he is very likely thinking of sex organs. It may well be that if it weren’t for that single commandment against adultery, Western man would still be Christian!…

The orgasm has become today’s secular sacrament. This is not because we are living in an age of sensuality but because, in world of material things that perish, it gives people a momentary taste of eternity. (page 269)

Finally, regarding what atheism truly is, a moral revolt:

Atheism is not primarily an intellectual revolt, it is a moral revolt. Atheists don’t find God invisible so much as objectionable. They aren’t adjusting their desire to the right, but rather the truth to fit their desires. … This is the perennial appeal of atheism: it gets rid of the stern fellow with the long beard and liberates us for the pleasures of sin and depravity. The atheist seeks to get rid of amoral judgment by getting rid of the judge. (page 272)

 

Read the book if you have time.

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One response to “What’s So Great About Christianity

  • Pat Hart

    The last quote in that statement about it being a moral revolt and the person is adjusting their truth to fit their desires is so true. There is a book we are getting ready to go over Total Chuch that Mike has been reading and they talk about this very problem of the human heart. Its groundbreaking ancient stuff.

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