Ever here of David Sanford? Me neither. It seems he’s an author or something. Anyway, he posted this today which is quite silly and awfully sad. It seems Davey grew up in a real life atheist family caricature. They were dogmatic believers in there not being gods, saw atheism as a no rules/ don’t obey anyone awesome fun time, and had a hatred for Christianity which lead them to disown poor Davey when he decided to join the Jesus club.
Now this is precisely why I put more of an emphasis on critical thinking than simply being an atheist, since there’s no skill involved in being an atheist. Any moron can simply wake up one day and not believe in gods just as he or she could wake up one morning believing in one. Likewise, both can make their choice by examining tea leaves, icicles, looking at the trees, or simply “feeling” they know. Now what both can’t do is leave faith and comparable irrational pursuits out and revisit the issue ending up with the same answers, for when you do so, god belief comes up short. Both atheism and theism can be arrived at via irrational thinking, but only atheism can be reached via critical, rational thought.
It was indeed unfortunate that Davey’s formative years were spent exposed to poor thinking, especially when it seems he’s embraced that inheritance. Could you imagine walking into your college classroom smugly convinced you’re right and know better and challenging your professors to change your mind? Yeah, there’s a great approach to education, which is why if his claim of “studying the great atheists over the past four centuries” is actually true, it was time wasted, like trying to pour water into a covered glass. Plus, the very idea of challenging your professor to convert you to atheism is simply absurd on yet another level.
So I left the following message for Davey on his blog. Maybe it’ll appear (moderation on a Christian blog is about as predictable as gravity, and you never know if your comment will appear, especially when it challenges the author).
Unfortunately, they let anyone breed and be parents.
That’s too bad your experiences, starting with your family, were so negative. If that was your only experience with atheism, then I can understand comments like:
“For them, God’s non-existence was a matter of faith. It’s a faith I couldn’t accept.”
However, you claim to have studied “the great atheists” of the last 4 centuries, and if you indeed had, then you’d know how ridiculous that comment was, on par with challenging your philosophy professor to convert you to atheism.
It seems then that the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. As aggressively narrow-minded and non-understanding as your family was, so too are you. I suppose all that alleged study is proof of one thing in the Christian bible, “cast not your pearls before swine”.