Christianity vs Atheism:
The Political Divide
The fact that atheists and Christians are at odds on multiple topics is definitely no secret. It is also a grand understatement to say that theism and atheism will never coalesce ideologically. While the God debate ungirds this polarization, it is arguably the culture war between these two groups which spawns much of the rampant animosity.
Francis A. Schaeffer is quoted as saying:
“We must realize that the Reformation world view leads in the direction of government freedom. But the humanist world view with inevitable certainty leads in the direction of statism. This is so because humanists, having no god, must put something at the center, and it is inevitably society, government, or the state.”
Simply put, Schaeffer believed that godless persons will be naturally inclined toward liberalism rather than conservatism. Why is this the case?
Conservatism, which is based on tradition and social stability, also stresses the importance of established institutions. Conversely, liberalism promotes the idea that society must progressively change and move away from many conservative traditions and values. Liberalism is also based on the idea that humanity is essentially good and promotes virtually unfettered personal autonomy. So, liberal ideals are in direct opposition to Christian values and, therefore, the natural choice for atheists.