Atheists: No God, no reason, just whining

Superstar atheists are motivated by anger – and boohoo victimhood.
By Charlotte Allen
May 17, 2009

I can’t stand atheists – but it’s not because they don’t believe in God. It’s because they’re crashing bores.

Other people, most recently the British cultural critic Terry Eagleton in his new book, “Faith, Reason, and Revolution,” take to task such superstar nonbelievers as Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins (“The God Delusion”) and political journalist Christopher Hitchens (“God Is Not Great”) for indulging in a philosophically primitive opposition of faith and reason that assumes that if science can’t prove something, it doesn’t exist.

My problem with atheists is their tiresome – and way old – insistence that they are being oppressed and their fixation with the fine points of Christianity. What – did their Sunday school teachers flog their behinds with a Bible when they were kids?

Read Dawkins, or Hitchens, or the works of fellow atheists Sam Harris (“The End of Faith”) and Daniel Dennett (“Breaking the Spell”), or visit an atheist website or blog (there are zillions of them, bearing such titles as “God Is for Suckers,” “God Is Imaginary” and “God Is Pretend”), and your eyes will glaze over as you peruse – again and again – the obsessively tiny range of topics around which atheists circle like water in a drain.

First off, there’s atheist victimology: Boohoo, everybody hates us ‘cuz we don’t believe in God. Although a recent Pew Forum survey on religion found that 16% of Americans describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated, only 1.6% call themselves atheists, with another 2.4% weighing in as agnostics (a group despised as wishy-washy by atheists). You or I might attribute the low numbers to atheists’ failure to win converts to their unbelief, but atheists say the problem is persecution so relentless that it drives tens of millions of God-deniers into a closet of feigned faith, like gays before Stonewall.

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Dr Larry Lane Craig also talks about this article here:

For me, the only way atheism can make sense is if someone was ignorant of religion and supernaturality. But for atheists to know religion and the belief in gods, and say they do not belief in gods, baffles me. Not because they don’t believe in gods but because their disbelief shows what they disbelieve in: Nothing. If gods really don’t exist, than those atheists are saying, “I don’t believe in something that dosen’t exist,” which dosen’t make sense since adults tend to generally not believe in unreal things. Granted, people like to spread the truth, so when they see a man believeing in something which they deem untrue, they will tell him to stop belieiving in that thing and - more often than not - tell him to follow their beliefs. Of course, some atheists do believe in something super-natural, such as a force, a spirit, a law, or the Universe itself. But they tend to not realize that, by elevating this thing to a level above the natural, or by giving it supernatural attributes (such as infinity or eternity), they have in fact created their own god, whereby they are no longer disbelievers in gods. This is why some atheists like to say they do not not believe in gods but in religions’ understanding of supernaturality. But that, of course, makes them vulnerable to criticism for being “partial atheists”, so they try to hide behind the veil of agnostism, which ironically only makes them more vulnerable.

Thanks for posting this article. I liked the point about how some atheists tend to think believers are mentally inferior. There are very intelligent people in this world who believe in God.

Like Einstein,for example.

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