cong dung thuoc phenergan 25mg hydroxyzine mg dosage for poison ivy buy imipramine can an overdose of levothyroxine cause hairloss seroquel in young adults finasteride 1mg generic no prescription glucophage sr cost can you overdose die on naproxen sodium 550 RETROFITREBATE.COM double prednisone 10 lb cat asthma crisis cold sores and shingles valtrex contagious relaciones un dia antes de usar cytotec buy cialis in uk online side effects of taking 80mg of prednisone a day acyclovir in egypt how many paxil will kill you maxalt 30 mg thuocaugmentin 100 mg turkey carvedilol 6.25 mg tamoxifen online apotheke trazodone 50 mg sleep disorders cyproheptadine mg canada steroid how much cialis cost neurontin 750 hyzaar 100 25 dosage myoclonus synthroid side effect cost of zyvox in nigeria cronadyn and priligy dutasteride indian manufacturers sleep eze with sertraline can you take amoxicillin400mg with claratin pret lamisil crema what herbal supplements can offset plavix side effects levitra 10 mg cost piroxicam 4mg does bupropion xl 150 mg help you lose weight kamagra 100 bih lasix withdrawl symptoms generic pamelor kamagra gel naruciti beograd cymbalta itching side effects doxycycline side effects in horses antibiotico famciclovir valtrex dosage in pregnancy how to write a prescription for cipro clomid basket kit levofloxacin safe how many times a day should i take cipro 500mg for std can you snort gabapentin 100mg capsules amitriptyline tablet and preejaculation is there an over the counter viagra doxycycline japan viagra side effect sinus inflamation compounding strattera to liquid nexium cost philippine paxil 9 inderal retard mitis 40 mg fluconazole teva 150 mg tratare candida glabrata acyclovir paten plavix generic pill que es mejor inderalici o metoprolol clomid price rands linezolid klebsiella flagyl 851 93 maxalt 5 mg tablet effect clopidogrel with tamoxifen tadalafil tablets 10 mg side effects azithromycin tablet price in pakistan clindamycin or tetracycline for dogs buy premarin 1.25 online fungsi nizoral krem 15 g ketoconazole sildenafil 50 mg tablet atomoxetine online no prescription what ud stronger 20 mg cialis or 100mg viagra clomid cps stopping prednisone after poison ivy nitroglycerin .4 mg tablets doxycycline 100mg cipla cost in india valacyclovir hcl 500 mg cheap can you successfully overdose on propranolol does azithromycin treat chlamydia macrobid bactrim RETROFITREBATE.COM cytotec abortion 5 weeks side effects of strattera withdrawal take lexapro and coreg sildenafil citrate side effects in hindi obat dexamethasone fun g si cytotec 200 micrograms wie viele mg 5 htp entsprechen 20 mg fluoxetine short term mobic after hip replacement celebrex withdrawal symptoms a comprehensive view albuterol sulfate dosage for infant bronchiolitis metformin para que sirve is amoxicllin better than bactrim for gum infections para q es ciprofloxacino 500 mg ytr meloxicam 7.5mg australia abilify dosage versus seroquel sildenafilo de 50 mg circulass rapid remeron y prolactina plavix 75mg india bactrim and hearing loss sildenafil 100mg precio sandoz perbedaan ciprofloxacin 500 dan baquinor forte 500 is singulair chewable over the counter how many mg of neurontin to get high propranolol hcl actavis retard 80 mg dojenje i propranolol ciprofloxacin 7 days bactrim iv package insert synthroid 80 mcg propecia shedding timeline fluconazole eyedrops australia azithromycin dosage for chlamydia amoxicillin trihydrate benedex side effects generic cialis 20 how fast does zyprexa work ciprofloxacin otic drops san makakabili shelf life of citalopram depression pills buy voltaren emulgel augmentin 457 dosa pt 5ani generic nortriptyline plavix effect on inr gabapentin white pill 1 2 diflucan 100 mg for 3 days how long does it take augmentin 875 to work for a uti when u have uti and take clomid can you get pregnant crushing zithromax tablets mixing with food celexa withdrawal 5 mg 500 mg amoxicillin a day for acne can you take celexa if you smoke ciggarettes zoloft 4 dollar list augmentin intravena bambini dose celebrex or ibuprofen torn meniscus ciproxin 1000 contiene penicilina italiano lexapro 30 mg pregnancy buspar mental clarity azithromycin for chlamydial pharyngitis how much is doxycycline vibramycin insurance tension headaches paxil withdrawel syrup augmentin 325 dosage naproxen 600 mg can you use augmentin duo ofor kidney septra uses cipro hc alternative viagra tablet cutters voltaren sr in pakistan para saan ang erythromycin stearate can you mix paroxetine 20 mg with a sprite drink digoxin 125mcg for dogs thuoc cialis thuoc lisinopril 2.5 mg tab priligy dapoxtine cost indian how does oral diflucan work to clear up candida how long lexapro takes get out of system for drug test can milk product be eaten with augmentin bd tablets diflucan 200mg treat systemic candida dexamethasone 2mg ivf strattera dosage chart cipro back pain took two valtrex escitalopram tablets 10mg cost wellbutrin makes you smart what is olanzapine details in hindi o que e o atarax e como se usa seroquel 8162 zofran for 9 year old singulair generic equivalent amiodarone cost uso de cytotec 200 mg embarazo de 3 semana levitra 20mg cost inderal 10 mg vs valium 10mg glucophage xr convert to glucophage doxycycline on empty stomach nhs can amoxil antibotic help you kill pinworms pms metoprolol tartate 50mg esomeprazole 2c19 right bundle branch block and quetiapine can i.take.more of fluconazole pomada voltaren para que serve effects of cyproheptadine on pregnancy metronidazole gel esli pil alkodoli triconex metronidazole onlefit orlistat 120 mg cheap raloxifene how much lexapro for panic disorder zentius citalopram 20 mg negative side effects side effects of cytotec abortion dutasteride 2.5 mg brands india horarios meloxicam prozac 60 mg weight loss azithromycin 500 for strep throat dosage cytotec canada forums azione zoloft 25 mg effective can you take levofloxacin on dialysis 60mg citalopram overdose symptoms can diflucan 150mg be use to treat gonorrhoea does diflucan affect depo shot ciprolet 500 mg antibiotic syphilis quetiapine fumarate 25 mg side effects NEOHAIRINDO.COM when does lamisil start working kamagra 8 lexam 10 escitalopram ciprofloxacin ph price per tablet olanzapine 5mg can you shoot up buspirone 5 mg engorda el montelukast es para las defensas y las gripes 60 elavil quit 10 mg paxil lisinopril efectos secundarios espanol lasix side effects on menstrual cycle how many tablets are effective for metronidazole 200mg amoxicillin 500 buy chemical makeup of seroquel can you combine lisinopril 10 milligram and aspirin street value of sertraline hcl 100mg does sheila walsh take prozac in morning cost of trazodone without insurance metoprolol tartrate labs paxil withdrawl weird hunger pangs doxycycline adalah zithromax uk nhs will akcohol damage the liver w generic form of lamisil cialis india generic name when does doxycycline hyclate start to work safe to take bactrim and singular buy neurontin online chewing clonidine meloxicam 7.5 mg tabletas para que sirve tac dung cua thuoc augmentin bid 1g film tablet levitra buy levitra online viagra lamisil and flagyl together tmj pain neurontin dosage can your period be light after clomid tratment impetigo c9n bactrim antibioticos proscar uk menikini allegra 500 c reviews ondansetron 7 does atenolol cause oral thrush doxycycline for bronchitis walking pneumonia dapoxetine buy precio micardis 80 mg how would i take erythromycin dosage for pnuemonia doxycycline hyclate 200 mg for dogs bupropion 200 mg side effects viagra for cheap prices lovastatin vs lipitor nolvadex cycle citalopram hbr 40 mg high doxycycline 50 mg for acne cipro once weekly cyproheptadine 2mg 5ml syrup azithromycin 500 mg 7169 adalat oval obat apa coming down from dexamethasone how to convert acyclovir to valtrex can i use ketoconazole to treat ghonorrhea atorvastatin calcium 20mg ezetimibe tab price in india accidentally took 2 celebrex capsules cabergoline side effects 5mg for dogs lopressor 6.25 pill cost of flagyl vaginal gel can u take amitriptyline with hydrocodone counter phenergan dose flagyl medicine treats gastritis cytotec para 15 dias de embarazo xuantas tomar efectos viagra and blood in semen cipros obat jerawat over seas viagra pills can bactrim ds treat staph infection prozac sales in china tamsulosin side pelvic floor bring viagra into bali harga obat dexamethasone price singulair 5mg sirve para abortar nexium misoprostol 200 mcg price in bangalore cialis information in bahasa malaysia dostinex 05 mg comprimidos voltaren gel vs penetrex buspar and memory loss metoprolol 200 mg ratiopharm revatio price prednisone taper 7 days multiples with clomid use chick 1992 disulfiram buy zyprexa 10 mg metronidazole tab cost walmart baclofen vs vicoden as muscle relaxer amoxicillin trihydrate europe trazodone help with opiate withdrawal dosis levofloxacin 500 mg generik pt.novel seroquel 25 mg street price can i take 400mg of fluconazole at one time bactrim for 3 days uti clomid dose rate phenergan migraine zyban 150 mg kullananlar side effects of lexapro 7.5mg can you eat seafood while taking flagyl cutting clonidine patch half 0.2 136 can you cut amoxicillin 500 mg for food poisoning where can i buy ivermectin for chickens harga esomeprazole astrazeneca sertraline and wellbutrin combination pregnancy escitalopram price uk merck metformin patent escitalopram cost cvs dostinex 0.5mg doxycycline 100 mg cost walmart baclofen 5 mg after three weeks should escitalopram be working alcohol after flagyl amoxicillin insert can my female dog take diflucan ketoconazole shampoo alternatives can 250 mg metformin help in pregnancy antidepressants mirtazapine and grapefruit how long does it take lotensin oral to work 2 cialis in 24 hours how do i use cytotec to induce abortion bupropion sr 150 mg smoking cessation benicar produce disfuncion erectil safer alternative to cipro albuterol hfa 90 mcg inhaler for sale how much do companies make who sell lisinopril aminotadalafil vs tadalafil erythromycin newborn how long can you give it wellbutrin side effects inj.thyroxine 100 mg dosis amoxicillin syrup untuk anak anak berapa cc is there a generic for benicar 20 mg mirtazapine with lunesta strattera medication price for cialis 10mg finasteride 5 mg tablet for hair loss liquid albuterol dosage for 4 year old clomidovedrel iui 40s forum is azithromycin 6 pack effective in treating chlamydia lisinopril tab 3972 qualitest can they be cut in half furosemide action and bolusing duloxetine cost without insurance viagra stores in hyderabad propecia dosage half how quick antibiotics work sinus infection cipro is any contact to buy linezolid tab can i drink theraflu while taking metronidazole flagyl over the counter walmart mifepristona y misoprostol colombia de venta ic amlodipine besylate 10mg side effects misoprostol 400 micro grams ciprofloxacin 250mg dosage testicles hurt cialis side effects obat dexamethasone deksametason 075 mg cost flomax olanzapine and breast cancer uk priligy in australia valsartan 5 mg half life of flagyl gel revista caras azithromycin for acne in breast feeding side effects of albuterol swelling in ponies azithromycin tokyo cipro vs levofloxacin for tooth infection sertraline hcl 50 mg how does make you feel bactrim es bueno side effects of cialis pain in legs voltaren forte crema price of nexium at walmart escitalopram 10mg patient assistance

A Theologian Answers the Atheists

Many Catholics have heard the criticisms raised by atheism but lack ready answers to such claims.
by Father Thomas D. Williams, LC | Source:
Unless you’ve spent the last few years in a mountain hermitage, you have almost certainly run into the latest rash of anti-God books.

And a rash it is, since the very mention of a Supreme Being makes these professional atheists break out in hives. But they are scratching all the way to the bank, as several of these recent diatribes have become best-sellers, showing once again that religion-bashing never truly goes out of style.

In the wake of “The Da Vinci Code”, a series of books have jumped on the lucrative religion-debunking bandwagon.

It started with “The God Delusion”, by Richard Dawkins, and has been followed by Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation, Daniel C. Dennett’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, and more recently by Christopher Hitchens’ 2007 work God Is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

These best-sellers are accompanied by reams of lesser works, attesting to the power of atheism as the newest cottage industry.
Though varying slightly in tone and emphasis, these books bear a remarkable resemblance to one another.

First, they all latch onto the worst historical errors of religious people and extrapolate them to apply to all believers everywhere.

Thus the meekest Buddhist monk off in Nepal is guilty by association of the crimes of the most fanatical Islamic suicide bomber, and Francis of Assisi and Billy Graham are tarred with the same brush as Osama Bin Laden and the Ayatollah Khomeini. All religions (and believers) are thrown together into the same pot as if they were interchangeable. No attempt is made to distinguish between religious fanaticism and religious belief.

The authors jump to the conclusion that the root of any problem isn’t the radical strain of religion in question, but belief in God itself.

Second, all of these authors toss impartiality out the window in their passionate campaign against God.

One of the more irritating aspects of these books is the studious avoidance of arguments and examples that would contradict their preconceived thesis. The selection of data is so thoroughly biased that one often has the sensation of reading cheap propaganda.
From their biblical citations to their historical examples, the neo-atheists pick and choose their information with barely a veneer of objective investigation.

One example that illustrates this well is the authors’ silence concerning the many marked benefits of religion to humanity. The atheists deliberately ignore the mountain of evidence available — empirical evidence — that ties charity to religious and specifically Christian belief. The founding of schools, hospitals, orphanages, universities, hospices and general aid to the poor has marked Christianity from the outset, yet finds no acknowledgement in these works. Whenever they are forced to acknowledge some good action of a religious person, they are quick to say that such benevolence was done in spite of their religion rather than because of it.

Third, despite the facade of novelty presented by these authors, there is really nothing new in the arguments they raise.
They seem to be only now discovering Sigmund Freud or Friedrich Nietzsche or Charles Darwin and presenting their findings as if they had unearthed the Holy Grail, when, in fact, these arguments have been mulled over and often surpassed in the intervening 150-odd years since these thinkers had their heyday. The result is that they present their warmed-over criticisms with the flourish of a comic fencer confidently declaring touché at every turn, while never really striking his opponent.

The fact is that, try as I might, I could not find in these books one pro-atheist argument that hadn’t already been better expounded by Voltaire or Comte or Feuerbach or Marx or Russell or Freud himself — all of which had already received ample attention, and thoroughly compelling refutation.

This is especially important for those who wonder whether these new atheists have discovered a fatal flaw in Christianity and in religion in general that could topple religious belief. In reality, it’s just the new, K-Mart version of the same old song and dance.
In the following weeks, I will address some of the recurring criticisms against God and religion found in the neo-atheist tracts.

This series bears the title A Theologian Answers the Atheists About God. Though I am answering the objections of atheists, these essays are not written especially for them. I am writing rather for Catholics who may feel threatened by these books, and who are looking for answers to share with their friends or others who may challenge them on these points.

Many Catholics instinctively know the criticisms raised in these books are specious, but lack ready answers to reply to those who come at them with such protests.

I hope to supply them with the answers they seek, and in this way to respond to the call of the great apostle Peter, who urged Christians: “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15-16).

Legionary Father Thomas Williams is the Vatican analyst for CBS News, and author of Greater Than You Think: A Theologian Answers the Atheists About God (New York: Hachette, forthcoming, June 2007)

Source: National Catholic Register - March 2-8, 2008 Issue

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular