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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

BlackSun: Theist Arguments Getting Weaker

Sean Prophet of BlackSun Journal has been doing some research, and has concluded that theist arguments are getting weaker.

And I agree with him:

What was striking about both these articles, is not that they rehashed some of the same old arguments, they did. But that they actually seemed to concede on the facts! Both articles tacitly admitted the evidence was not good for the existence of a deity. But their argument turned away from the factual, toward which result people like better.


So let me get this straight: The truth of one of the most fundamental questions we humans ever face comes down to whether or not we want to offend people?

The last sentence in Sean's blog post is excellent, and I didn't quote it here because I don't want to spoil it. So make sure to click on the link and read the whole thing.

Considering Sean's history and experience with religion, his intellect, and especially his continued immersion in the debate taking place in the world today, I think that his analysis is spot on. While atheism is still a minority position, the tides have certainly been turning (thanks in large part to free, unfettered information access that the internet provides). Accordingly, more and more theists and theistic sympathizers have implicitly conceded the atheist argument. The grasping at straws will only increase as their numbers dwindle.

There is only one course of action for the atheist to take: continued and even increased promoting of atheism. The snowball is rolling downhill and increasing in size and speed. This is exactly what we want. Atheism will make this world a better place, and the more we can do to make atheism the majority ideology in our lifetimes, the happier and more prosperous we will be.

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At 10/25/2006 1:58 PM, Blogger BlackSun declaimed...

Hey Aaron, thanks for the post. Let's keep the ball going back and forth. You might also be interested in PZ Myers take on the Wired article:

At 10/25/2006 3:35 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

oooh nice, thanks Sean!

At 10/26/2006 1:27 PM, Blogger olly declaimed...

"The article is a perfect example of the tepid atheism that closes its eyes to the world, that advocates the kind of bland semi-solipsism that reassures itself that everyone else thinks in the same happily reasonable way, so we don't need to exert ourselves to confront the opposition."

A brillian comment from PZ if I've ever seen one.

So since when are we 'New Atheists'? I thought we were just Atheists, didn't know that I was 'New' as well.

Is this kind of like when the White Media of the mid 20th century began calling Malcom X 'Black Muslim'???



At 10/27/2006 11:38 AM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

I think the "New Atheists" term refers to the growing movement of ahteists who not only lack belief in God, but want others to lack belief too.

The atheist evangelicals, so to speak. The educated, mostly young, gen x and gen y crowd of secularists who think that God belief is not only silly, but incredibly harmful.

Like it or not, we are all "New Atheists."

I like the term much better than "brights" thats for sure.



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