Papist: I entirely agree.
As I pointed it out in posts (linked above), the New Atheists are a shame and an embarrassment for atheism which has a respectable intellectual tradition.
No they don't. All intillectualist formulas of life are age old as the bible and dominate the worlds population. It's Idolatry no what you call it, no matter the system.
The majority of the earth is idolatrous. They believe in polytheism, inner self, or human logic in place of God. This goes for the majority on earth. Likely a large portion in the church. The bible points this out many times. There will always be a secular idolatrist society. The believers are few amongst many.
There is nothing to be gained from the teachings of athiests and other idolatrers... I spent most of my adult life hanging around them and I still have to fight the urge of self idolatry and continually re-submit to God and admit he only knows.
Actually the bible teaches early on in Genesis that one of Adams grandkids walked closely with God and just vanished. God took him away. Schollars say its because the world was already very corrupt. The early Genesis books were extremely sparse in their writting and need extra fill ins to get the whole picture. The men were grabbing any women they wanted. The more inbreeding leads to genetic mutations that carry on as life comtinually gets shorter.
Tribes seperate, certain features become desireable, and people mate in order to pass along those features which identify them. This can happen VERY quickly. Even those fundemental mormons now have their own traits. This creates a diversity in humans. Prince Charles and the royal family inbred quite a bit and ended up with long jaws, strange noses, tall figures, etc. The scottish have a 40% chance of recessive red hair gene that was desireable in their tribe. Also sun and climate play a huge role. The recently found lost tribes of Isreal in Afirca and they DNA tested the tribe back to the unique Kohanine DNA sequence. In our lives, you will be able to DNA test yourself and see if you are the son of Shem. Its coming day by day. And no Judaism has NOTHING to do with race and tribes. Its about God and his laws. Thats it. Tribal racial issues has been taken way out of context by certain people/groups.
So when man falls we mean this in every sense of the word. The we continually live shorter, we can not obey Gods laws, and we are prone to Idolatry most of all. The wish to be in control and be our own Gods. Why? Becayse we're made in his image and its what we're mandated to do! Orthodoxy promotes free will like Judaism. These are two pease of the same pod. It is also the truth.
Be proud to be Orthodox. Be a light onto the nations and maybe they will see the truth and want to convert.
(Btw the Torah or even Mishna says NOTHING about making Judaism difficult to enter. They are supposed to explain what its about, tell you amcouple of commandments, and then convert you on the spot and set up a date for your circumcision. This Judaism 'exclusivity' thing is recent. Actually, God favors converts more than his own people so converts should never feel unwelcome or we should never imply that we're exclusive or we turn sheeps away over to the wolves.. The Idoltarers.. God does not want this from us).