So one day I was thinking, we had the First Great Heresy in AD 610 when Muhammed took Catholic belief, wrote a book about what he wanted it to be, and spread it as gospel truth. Unlike the heresies the Church had to deal with before this (Arianism, Pelagianism, etc.), this was very difficult to quash (mainly because it grew outside the borders of the Church) and is still rampant. 900 years later, in 1517, Luther with the Second Great Heresy, and gave us thousands of denominations, ranging from Westboro to people who don’t believe in hell. The Church might have violently attempted to suppress it, but sadly, we failed.
Now, two isn’t a nice number. So I thought, hey, maybe atheists are heretics! Then the so-called Enlightenment would be the Third Great Heresy!
Think about it. The Church uses Tradition, Reason and Magisterium (with Scripture being a particularly important element of Tradition) to guide its teachings. The atheists use Reason too, but are just so grossly wrong in their misapplications of it they end up with a logically incoherent worldview which leaves no place for God (actually there is a place, but for some reason they don’t see it).
So what do you think? I honestly believe that Muslims are heretics, and it is a simple extension of that fact to say that atheists are heretical too. But what about you?