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Thinking Like An Atheist: An Interview with Anthony DeStefano by Jonathan Petersen

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Why do atheists rage against Christians? What do atheists think about the Bible? How should Christians respond to atheists?

Bible Gateway interviewed Anthony DeStefano (@a_destefano) about his book, Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God (Thomas Nelson, 2018).

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Why is it important to understand the thinking of the atheist mind?

Anthony DeStefano: It’s important to understand the thinking of atheists today because they’re at war with us, plain and simple. For the last 20 years the so-called “new” atheists have been waging an all-out, media driven attack on believers—especially Christians. This attack—in the form of anti-Christian books, movies, TV shows, articles, speeches, billboard campaigns, blogs, court rulings, and government legislation—has been relentless. In order for us to fight back effectively, we simply have to understand why atheists are in such a rage.

In my opinion, too many books written in response to these pseudo-intellectual blowhards have been altogether too nice. Many authors try to be kind and amiable in an effort to demonstrate that believers don’t have to sink into the mud in order to defend the faith. That tact is very charitable, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work with bullies. And that’s exactly what modern-day atheists are—bullies. They’re arrogant, ignorant, deceitful, cowardly, hateful, and extraordinarily zealous. They love trying to intimidate believers into silence. Well, that can’t be allowed to happen.

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