The latest edition of the Southwestern Journal of Theology scrutinizes the “New Atheism,” which continues to work its way into popular thought through Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion,” Christopher Hitchens’ “God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” and other books and documentaries.

The journal offers pastoral and intellectual advice for combating the new atheism, but it opens with words from the new atheists themselves. Dawkins, for example, derides God as “jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a … capriciously malevolent bully.”

According to Malcolm Yarnell, managing editor of the journal, such antipathy toward God is “as old as man’s rebellion against God.”

“The new atheism is ‘new’ only in the sense of its cantankerous desire to defeat belief in God in the public square,” Yarnell, associate professor of systematic theology at Southwestern, writes. “Atheism is not new and neither is its result: divine judgment on such foolishness.”

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