Depite what a few less than reasonable “fans” of this blog may think, I am always up for hearing the other side of the story and weighing opinions and evidence that disagree with what I believe about Christianity.
That said, please join me in welcoming my friend in hyperspace and the blog’s resident atheist contributor back from his hiatus.
Have a good weekend everyone. God bless.
The floor, as they say, is all yours GC…
I recently read a blog post on this very blog that had my jaw hanging to the floor. In my opinion, it was inflammatory, and did nothing to progress the conversation between atheists and theists.
In fact, not only did it do nothing to progress the conversation, but it completely misrepresented what atheism is.
Luckily, James has given me the opportunity to respond to that article with this post. So thank you to James for allowing me to post this rebuttal on his blog, and you are always welcome to do the same on my blog in the future.
You can find the original article I’m writing about here by following the link. Also, whether you’re a theist or an atheist, please feel free to leave your thoughts below.
Let’s get started.
Atheists are fond of claiming that their way of thinking is logical, reasonable, and intellectual. They maintain that they are open-minded and refer to themselves as free thinkers. Unlike Christians, who are allegedly delusional, irrational, blind, and absurd, atheists consider themselves utterly rational, sensible people who follow the evidence wherever it leads.
I hear you.
Look, not every Christian is illogical and irrational and the same can be said of atheists. I’ve had my fair share of arguments with atheists on all sorts of social issues and I assure you that irrationality isn’t something that belongs specifically to the theist.
Yet atheism says that everything came from nothing. Atheism says that an explosion caused exquisite order. It says that random chances produced precision and that life popped into existence in nature from non-life.
Sometimes I despair that the point will never be made, but I’ll try to explain it once again – atheism says NOTHING about how life began. It says nothing about the human eye. It says nothing about evolution. It says nothing about morals.
Atheism is simply the lack of belief in God(s). That’s it. That’s all it is.
Now you can ask an atheist what they believe on all of those subjects.
For example, an atheist may believe in the theory of evolution because of the scientific evidence, but that has nothing to do with atheism and everything to do with science and what that atheist believes on that subject.
You see what I’m saying?
When theists falsely frame atheism, it does absolutely nothing to progress the conversation.
Theists get pissed off if I tell them what they believe. If I tell one non-Catholic that they eat a wafer at communion, they would rightfully tell me they do not. If I continue to misrepresent that position, then I’m being disingenuous.
In order to have a meaningful discussion about religion or the lack thereof, we need to stop misrepresenting the stance of the other side. It does nobody any favors and only stokes anger and resentment.
When atheism is stripped of pompous proclamations and arrogant allegations, its naked soul is seen for what it really is: weak, illogical, unscientific, and worthless.
Again, atheism says nothing about science. It’s worth is different for each individual, just as it is to Christians.
For some, atheism is to be ignored. They don’t want to talk about religion. They frankly don’t give a damn about religion. They just lack belief in God(s) and go about their day.
For others, religion interests them. For others, religion angers them. For others, they agree with religion but simply don’t believe in a God(s).
There are all kinds of atheists, just like there are all sorts of Christians.
So instead of making blanket statements, please just ask the atheist in question what they do believe in and why.
The answer might surprise you. And that’s where real dialogue begins.