The Atheist faith

There’s a good article in the Online Opinion journal comparing the charitable and transforming impulse of Christianity with the lack of anything similar for atheism. I understand this is not a complete argument for God, and I also want to acknowledge that the history of Christianity is not all rosy. But I think in the gave of the “Christianity poisons everything” line of attack, it’s important to give some balance.

Predictably there were immediately a million angry coments on the article which all seem to assume that simply by using the ,word “nonsense” and the phrase “spaghetti monster”, you have conclusively dismissed the idea of God.

The greatest irony though, was the howls ,of protest about the idea that atheism was in any way an organized, identifiable group like a religion. I was wondering of any of these comments were posted from the atheist convention in Melbourne where 2500 atheist have gathered to encourage one another i n their faith and congratulate themselves on their superior intelligence. According to the Smh, it sounds like the atmosphere has rivaled anything Hillsong puts together.

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3 Responses to The Atheist faith

  1. Dave says:

    Another interesting comment in The Australian as well: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/dawkins-preaches-to-the-deluded-against-the-divine/story-e6frg6zo-1225841086925Perhaps a little harsher than the Opinion Online piece, but really just pointing out some of the inconsistencies in the atheist argument.I think another irony is that the howls of protest are coming because people are applying critical thinking to atheism's claims, not just Christianity, and so often the first salvo has been along the lines of "religious people aren't critical thinkers – we are."

  2. Yes it's funny how they don't like their own medicine. The current metaphor that I've seen atheists use a to claim they are not in any way like a religion is that they are like a 'non-stamp collecting club'. I'll be happy to accept that analogy when I hear of the first Internation non-stamp collectors conference…

  3. Sherriff of Nothing says:

    “Predictably there were immediately a million angry comments on the article which all seem to assume that simply by using the ,word “nonsense” and the phrase “spaghetti monster”, you have conclusively dismissed the idea of God”

    literary gold

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