The God Delusion- Part 8: Religious People Fail to Live Moral Lifestyles

The next main argument that Dawkins presents is the argument that religion is a bad thing due to the responses of religious people and the hostile things that have been done in the name of religion.  This sounds very similar to the argument presented by one of Dawkins favorite sources Bertrand Russell in his article “Why I Am Not a Christian.”  These arguments are heartbreaking for me to read due to the fact that individuals scar and shame the name of Jesus Christ by making statements and responding in a way that is clearly not glorifying to him.  This whole argument echoes the statement of Brennan Manning when he said that “the leading cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny him with their lifestyles.  This is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”  In response to the atrocities committed in the name of God, all I can say is that humanity is fallen and Christians are not exempt from this status.  The things that are done as atrocities in the name of God are clearly sins that have negative consequences, but this still bears no point in the argument against the existence of God.