The most entertaining of the three “unholy” books is Evangelist Christopher’s “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” Yes, thank God for Christopher Hitchens for telling us that “God Is Not Great.” And he should know, as after-all, Hitch IS God, as he explains in this evangelical tome.
We know why Christians, Muslims and other religions proselytize, as they are commanded to do so by their holy books and the teachings of their prophets. My question is, why do Atheists proselytize? Has Atheism now become a genuine “World Religion” which is seeking converts to strengthen its organization? Next thing you know they will be setting up a “Prison Outreach” program. Oh, you say, they’ve already done that. Good Lord, what next?
According to the King James Bible (Matthew 28:19,20), during His last days on earth Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” Christian Evangelist Mark (Mark 16:1) commanded Christians to preach the Gospel of Jesus: go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Muslims have received a similar commandment which they refer to as “Dawah”, an Arabic term meaning “invite” or “invitation”. It is considered obligatory for Muslims to invite others to Islam, to “preach Islam”, according to their holy book. ThQur’an, Sura An-Nahl 16:125 states: “Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is best aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright.” (Pickthall translation) Or “Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.” (Yusuf Ali translation) In Islam a “Da`i” is a missionary or an Islamic evangelist.
So, whence came “the calling” for Chris, Dick and Sam to give up the Atheistic mantel of “live and let live”, and to instead convert the world to godless Atheism? I shudder to think.