frgavin on May 17th, 2011


By Karna Swanson, Zenit

If you want to know what happens when atheistic principles overtake a society, look no further than the totalitarian regimes of Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung, says Patrick Madrid.

Madrid is the co-author, with Kenneth Hensley, of the book “The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism” (Our Sunday Visitor), which exposes the internal contradictions of a non-belief in God.
According to Madrid, “the atheist claim that there is no God entails the claim that there is no absolute standard of morality,” which in turn means that “what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ is simply what the individual or groups of individuals decide is ‘right’ or ‘wrong.'”
He explains that in this situation, what is “good” is often what is “what is expedient, what promotes the consolidation of power and privilege, what facilitates the elimination of resistance and ideological competition (Christianity, for example).”
Madrid is the author or editor of 16 books, the director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College, the publisher of Envoy Magazine, and host of the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio’s “Open Line” broadcast (3-5 p.m. ET).
In this interview with ZENIT, Madrid discusses the atheism of the 20th century and today, as well as what he has learned over the years about individuals who embrace a disbelief in God.
Part 1 of this interview was published Thursday.

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