Below we have two quotations frm the Internet on atheism and Christianity, and, I think, the problem of evil.
Mary Grabar, "The Cultural Illiteracy of the Easy Atheists."
...Consider the great works of literature written by Christian authors. Though I saw these authors mocked in graduate school, the force of their ideas prevails. Their wisdom and humanity contrasted sharply with the nonsensical nihilism put out by trendy authors.
Reading Milton led me back to the Bible. Shakespeare revealed the evil of atheism through characters like Iago. Dostoyevsky exposed the evils of pride and self-devised "justice."
How odd, then, for Hitchens to invoke literature as he does :
"We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe: we have music and art and literature, and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books."
But Hitchens must be banking on a readership that has not read Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky. These Christian authors dramatized the themes and stories of the holy book that Hitchens disparages.
Mark D. Tooley, "Christian Churches Moving Leftward Together." FrontPageMagazine.com | June 26, 2007
"Christian Churches Together" (CCT) was to have been the new, more spiritually vibrant alterative to the decaying, chronically left-wing National Council of Churches.
'Christian Churches Together' ... as lead by Richard Hamm, at least admitted the limitations of his influence. "Politicians know that mainline church leaders and assemblies seldom reflect the thinking of most of the people in our pews," he allowed. "Most of the people in our pews have a lifetime of acculturation that causes them to see the world through the same old American eyes of arrogance."
Like countless other mainline church bureaucrats of the last 50 years, Hamm has devoted himself to "educating" conservative church members, not about the Gospel per se, but about American "arrogance" and selfishness. ...
Milton understands the post-Lapsarian life and so does Sophocles, both available to Christopher Hitchens and others, so what's the problem? How hard is it to figure out that evil in a good thing? Why the phantasies of the Left? Why the lapse from reality and Humanness?
"All is vanity."