God­less elite

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“For the new athe­ists, be­liev­ing in God is a form of stu­pid­ity, which sets off their own intelligence. [. . .] They write as if great minds had never be­fore wres­tled with the big ques­tions of cre­ation, moral law and the con­tend­ing ver­sions of re­vealed truth. They ar­gue as if th­ese ques­tions are eas­ily an­swered by their own blunt ma­te­ri­al­ism. Most of all, they as­sume that no in­tel­li­gent, re­flec­tive per­son could ever de­fend re­li­gion rather than dis­miss it. [. . .]

“The faith that the new athe­ists de­scribe is a sim­ple-minded par­ody. It is im­pos­si­ble to see within it what might have pre­oc­cu­pied great artists and thinkers like Homer, Mil­ton, Michelan­gelo, New­ton and Spinoza — let alone Aquinas, Dr. John­son, Kierkegaard, Goya, Car­di­nal New­man, Rein­hold Niebuhr or, for that mat­ter, Al­bert Ein­stein. [. . .]

“They seem in­stead to be preach­ing to peo­ple ex­actly like them­selves — a re­mark­ably in­cu­ri­ous elite.”

Sam Schul­man, writ­ing on “With­out God, Gall Is Per­mit­ted,” Jan. 5 in the Wall Street Jour­nal

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