I was listening to Father Ricardo on Catholic Radio. A mother had called to tell him her teenage son had announced he had become an atheist and asked if he could talk to him. Once he sat the boy down, he asked him what compelled him to become an atheist. The reply was a kind of blank, “I don’t know.” He then asked him about what he did believe. Yes, the media is currently helping to market the New Atheism. It appeals to their desire to create a society based on their values or lack thereof. It’s right back to 1968. Let’s legalize marijuana. What’s wrong with couples living together and having sex? What’s wrong with anything?
This is anti-rational. It ignores the fact that one in five people have an STD, this after years of mandatory sex education, after years of “freedom,” after years of movies and TV shows getting raunchier and raunchier - and nobody ever gets an STD and everybody’s happy. Atheism is the counter-reality and it’s superficial. While listening to Catholic Radio today, a commentator said that today’s atheists lack the strong arguments based on intellectual rigor compared to those of past generations. Right now, in the midst of Internet Opinion Culture, too many people literally do not know what they are talking about. They’re not stupid but they lack the in depth knowledge necessary to do lasting damage.
I recommend the book: The Cult of the Amateur. Too many amateurs are running around today.