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VJack Strikes Again

VJack, the writer of Atheist Revolution, has struck again with another anti-religion post. Most notable is this paragraph:

Belief in a god (or gods) is similar in the lack of evidence, but different in that it is far more likely to have negative consequences. Maybe you have heard your religious relatives condemn others for not adhering to the same religious beliefs. Maybe you have seen them behave in a manner inconsistent with the religious values they profess. Or maybe you’ve just grown tired of the endless religious violence, the pedophile priests, the holier-than-thou routine, or the utter hypocrisy of it all. In other words, religion is unlike Santa because it divides people and contributes to great suffering.

How many atheist missionaries are there active the world today? How many atheists band together, raise all of the funds necessary for self-sufficiency, and then strike out into a hostile foreign country to help suffering people? Before you think that religion contributes to suffering, ask yourself how many religious people dedicate their lives to helping others.

But he is right in one respect–there are religious people who behave inconsistently with the values that they profess and who condemn others solely on the basis of the faith that they hold. There is religious violence, pedophile priests, and many religious people profess a holier-than-thou routine.

But, at the risk of adopting a holier-than-thou routine, I’m going to ask my central question one last time: How many atheist missionaries are active in the world today? And the follow-up: What are atheists doing to alleviate some of the suffering in this world, aside from trying to blame religion for all of it?

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Posted on January 17, 2008, in Apologetics and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “How many atheist missionaries are active in the world today?”

    I don’t know. And neither do you. Because they don’t advertise. They just go and do it, and don’t have any desire to promote for their faith, so you don’t see them.

    I would be willing to bet that the percentage of atheist ‘missionaries’ is directly in proportion to how many atheists there are. I could be wrong.

    “What are atheists doing to alleviate some of the suffering in this world, aside from trying to blame religion for all of it?”

    Giving to charities. Joining outreach programs. Going to school to become doctors and scientists. Just about everything a religious person does, except for the things that are directly religious.

    I tend to be unique among atheists in that I don’t use arguments for bad behavior by believers to support my atheism. I certainly talk about bad behavior, but it’s not a reason for my not believing. Even if every believer on the planet was a perfect person because of their religion, I would still be an atheist, due to the lack of evidence.

  2. “But, at the risk of adopting a holier-than-thou routine, I’m going to ask my central question one last time: How many atheist missionaries are active in the world today? ”

    The main missions of atheism involve redistribution of wealth, statism, mass murder, and infanticide (abortion “rights”).

    Atheists that are moral are so *in spite* of their atheism. In fact, Atheists will say that is what makes them so moral…the fact they do these things in spite of the effect evolution would have on morality.

    The real problem, however, is logical (ultimately their problem is moral…they are in rebellion toward God): Their question begs the question…they assume a certain set of moral codes yet their worldview doesn’t afford them that assumption…they have their hand in the cookie jar of Christianity. That’s why Dawkins calls himself a “cultural Christian”.

    So I always encourage Atheists to give me back my cookie…if their worldview provides them with the bakeware they need, they ought to make their own 😉

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