Show me your ways. Teach me to meet my desires with grace… the modern Atheist dialectic

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As social creatures, we rely on the social discourses to provide us with the social identities to understand ourselves.  We’re the products of cultural progressions which go back generation after generation.  What happens when you identify as an atheist, but the social discourse doesn’t support you?  What happens when you’re a conservative, but the social discourse doesn’t support you?

I talk a lot about my conservatism and why the link between conservatism and the most extremely ugly prejudices, intolerances, and nastinesses are undeserved.  I don’t discuss my religious views often.  I often wonder why this is.

The fundamental and most problematic feature of modern secularism is that it isn’t actually secularism.  It’s just a way for religious influence to render itself invisible inside the cultural and political frameworks.  While people can point to the obvious examples of insidious religious influence — such as the prohibition on homosexuals from marrying, such as the refusal to acknowledge intersexuals, &c. — it’s significantly more difficult to engage with the more deeply entrenched aspects: are our views on justice, virtue, and morality influenced by religious views to the extent that they cannot be explicated without reference to them?  Even more troubling, are our views on science and education influenced by religious views to the extend that they cannot be explicated without reference to them? Continue reading “Show me your ways. Teach me to meet my desires with grace… the modern Atheist dialectic”

Blood runs through your veins, that’s where our similarity ends… Atheists still annoy me

I’m an atheist.

While I receive some prejudice from the extremely religious sorts, I receive a lot more prejudice from other atheists.  It could have something to do with the way I describe my atheism: ‘I’m an atheist, but I find Dawkins, Myers, and Hitchens insufferable morons when it comes to the philosophy of religion.’

There’s this aghast ‘How dare you?!’ type rant I receive which ends with the other atheist invariably questioning whether I really am an atheist.  While religious types are quite happy to accept that I don’t believe in God — though they might think I’m deluded or deceived for not doing so — it’s only ever been atheists who flatly refuse to believe my religious persuasion.

It seems such a minority of us atheists — the maligned amongst the maligned — look on the public discourse and feel a great deal of shame for what it’s become.  We don’t have the intellectual engagement that we used to have.  We don’t have the wit or the subtlety.  Instead, we have elderly white males acting like oafs, reciting the equivalent of ‘I don’t need to understand it in order to dismiss it out of hand.’  Indeed, they’re quick to criticise people dismissing science along similar lines. Continue reading “Blood runs through your veins, that’s where our similarity ends… Atheists still annoy me”

I am the fossil. We are the fossil… Creationism is obviously false and atheists humiliate themselves

I’m an atheist and I have been so for a rather long time.  For my religious beliefs, nobody has ever thrown a stone at me, tried to burn me at the stake, or nailed me to a tree.

Apparently, this isn’t the normal experience for Australian atheists.  Apparently, all Australian atheists live in a world of isolation and desperation — ‘like the only atheist in the village‘, says Catherine Devey.  Thus, it was vitally important that an enormous conference was held in Australia.

Actually, that’s a lie.  It wasn’t important at all and, instead, all it did was whip up the religious rabble and give them legitimacy for several weeks in the media circus.  We suddenly had to care about Senator Fielding’s asinine religious views.  And weren’t they stupid views that he espoused?!  My word, it was like ‘watching a cat speak‘, wasn’t it?  Why was it that he was given a platform to advocate his barbarian beliefs?  Because the Atheist Convention wanted to discuss these topics.

And then we get the usual round of self righteous diatribes in the columns of the metro newspapers.  The uneducated froth and foam of the ridiculously absurd mouthpieces of the oppressed atheist community could not be better material for the malign fringes of the Christian campaigners. Continue reading “I am the fossil. We are the fossil… Creationism is obviously false and atheists humiliate themselves”