Excerpt from Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith

Excerpt from Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith (page 169)

"The biblical portrait of Christian faith is far removed from the approach of modern liberals who represent Christianity as a reasonable, benevolent philosophy of life interested in the pursuit of truth. There is nothing reasonable about intellectual blackmail, nor is there anything benevolent about threats of violence. As for Christianity's alleged concern with truth, Christian faith is to free inquiry what the Mafia is to free enterprise. Christianity may be represented as a competitor in the realm of ideas to be considered on the basis of its merits, but this is mere disguise. Like the Mafia, if Christianity fails to defeat its competition by legitimate means (which is a foregone conclusion), it resorts to strong arm tactics. Have faith or be damned-this biblical doctrine alone is enough to exclude Christianity from the domain of reason".


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