Dr. Philip Clayton (Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University) observes that the so-called “New Atheism” in the media limelight these days (e.g. Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens) actually delivers very few rational arguments for their case, but merely casts pejorative statements against religion that are rather emotional and enthusiastic in nature, resembling a lot like the religious fervency in revivalism.
(H/T: Rob Haskell)
Earlier this year, I wrote a research paper for my History of Christianity II class, showing the juxtaposition of early 18th century Deism and Evangelical Revivalism. I proved that those self-acclaimed rational Deists were actually very irrational and emotional, and Evangelicals like Wesley and Edwards were much more rational and persuasive in their apology.
Apparently, the Qohelet in the book of Ecclesiastes is right: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl. 1:9)
Those who are interested in my paper may read it here:
A Comparison and Contrast of Deism and Methodism