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I Don't Believe in Atheists by Chris Hedges
I Don't Believe in Atheists

lakjaw, March 26, 2008

Atheists claiming to be "utopians", "extremists" (with fundamentalists being on the other end of the "extreme"), not making arguments from a "moral" standpoint, and using "faith" to support their stance? Sounds like the whining of a person who cannot/will not take the time to understand the real meaning of atheism. It's very easy: a = without; theism = god beliefs. Or, a = without; theists = gods.

There is no "faith". Actually, it is a lack of faith, the definition of which is irrational belief, i.e., the belief in that which has no basis in fact. Thus, Hedges is not "courageous" in his stance. He is perpetrating an outright lie. I would also point out that it is not atheists who are perpetrating "holy wars" and "crusades" (per George Bush) against one another. Even the most cursory investigation into who is getting rich "in the worst of global capitalism, intolerance and imperial projects" is easily revealed, and they are NOT atheists, but rather the chest-thumping, bible-whacking theists.

The vast majority of atheists do not depend upon the writings of bronze-age goat-herders for their ethics in life, nor do they rely on the "get-out-of-hell-free" ticket in order to live ethical lives. Atheists did not perpetrate the illegal war of aggression which is currently being waged in the Middle East, nor are they becoming obscenely wealthy on the backs of young, deluded and dishonored (by their government and CiC) soldiers.

But that aside, Hedges has shown himself to be without critical thinking skills right from the get-go, by entitling his book as he did. It is up to the theist to support their positive assertion (and they have not done so), not up to the atheist to support their neutral position. Furthermore, we are neither radical nor subversive. We are people who think that we should use the grey matter for more than stuffing to keep their ears separated. We are not "radical" because we do not believe in invisible "friends" or "fathers" or "holy ghosts" who (according to Abrahamic traditions) have perpetrated some of the world's worst atrocities long before human beings had the technology for WMDs.

Hedges, you need to shut up and THINK (for a change). Atheism is simply NOT a belief, nor is it in any way "radical". It's not even "new". Try studying the life (and death) of Socrates. Methinks the standards for obtaining a "divinity degree" at Harvard have slipped immeasurably.

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