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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Atheism Has Already Won

Austin Cline eloquently expresses what I've already felt for over a year now. Here is a small excerpt:

Atheists today aren't sticking to the scripts or roles so graciously assigned to them by religious authorities. We aren't limiting themselves to the tired old expectations which religious believers have of atheists: that we'll simply go along to get along, that we'll refrain from pointing out what seems obvious to us in order to avoid giving offense, and that we'll "respect" religion, religious beliefs, and theism simply because they are common or traditional. Atheists are refusing to privilege religion generally or Christianity in particular, applying the same methods of criticism and skepticism which everyone applies to most beliefs they don't already agree with.

Christian critics of atheism consider this forthrightness a sign of "panic," but in reality it's a sign that we're just not interested in having our roles dictated to us by them and their insecurities. We're going to be direct, critical, and unapologetic — even if that sounds rude to people who have become far too comfortable with and accustomed to their stations of privilege or rank. If anyone is "panicked," or merely just getting worried, it's the religious theists who are suddenly faced with strong criticisms which their religious leaders have not prepared them to address, much less rebut.

Click on the above link to read the whole thing. Austin Cline rocks.

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At 2/05/2007 2:24 PM, Blogger Mark Cote declaimed...

Austin Cline had some interesting things to say about Frank Walton:

Austin Cline writes about Frank Walton encouraging people to send spam emails



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