Their hope in humanity to solve its problems without the needs of a higher power is a faith based hope. What is more, their calls for tolerance and human rights has roots deep within the Christian tradition and does not logically flow from their atheism.
When Christians refuse to join them in their “leap of faith”, believing reason and technology will build a future utopia, we are labelled out-of-touch and obstructionist. When we question whether governments or international human organisations, no matter how good, are capable of bringing the peace and justice to the world, we are branded troublemakers and small minded. When we choose to offer alternative perspectives on issues such as abortion, same-sex relationships and euthanasia, we are branded as intolerant, unsympathetic and even dangerous.
Australia is one of the most secular countries in the world and the humanist manifesto marches stridently through our institutions, businesses, schools, communities and government. The suggestion that the world would be a better place if only we could get rid of the troublesome God-botherers is not uncommon. The Christian worldview and Christian influence is no longer invited or welcome in an increasing number of areas in the Australian community.
When Christians come into conflict with secular values, such as toleration and personal autonomy, we are branded bigoted, intolerant and judgemental. When Christians choose to worship their God exclusively, rejecting pluralism, relativism and humanism, we are perceived as a threat to the well-being of the community. When we question the secularist worldview, their so called tolerance becomes decidedly intolerant when we don’t fall into line.
As Christians, our hope is founded in Jesus whom we acknowledge as both Lord and Christ. As such our hope is not in human ability and thus we refuse to participate in the public worship of science, technology, sex, etc.
We are in fact non-believers in the secular dream – atheists, just like our forebears. We should not be surprised when we are treated in similar fashion.
Stephen L Baxter