I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.

–Atheist Christopher Hitchens, showing that he gets what so many who claim to be Christians don’t

The mainstream belief of the world’s peoples is very clear. They believe in God, and that means they believe he exists in objective reality, just as surely as the Rock of Gibraltar exists. If sophisticated theologians or postmodern relativists think they are rescuing God from the redundancy scrap-heap by downplaying the importance of existence, they should think again. Tell the congregation of a church or mosque that existence is too vulgar an attribute to fasten onto their God, and they will brand you an atheist. They’ll be right.

–Atheist Richard Dawkins, showing that he gets what so many who claim to be Christians don’t

(Via Stand Firm.)

Posted in honor of Klaas Hendrikse and the Protestant ex-Church of the Netherlands.