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But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3

Soli Deo Gloria!!

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Apparent Atheist Strategies 1 - Mental Illness

I have noticed a trend among atheists to paint Christians (particularly) and Theists (in general) as mentally ill.
This strategy seems very closely aligned to the Nazi propaganda machine and their attempt to de-humanize Jews, etc...

This is one post:

The Mind of the Religious Believer

As many of you no doubt are aware, the antiquated notions of gods and miracles have come under the scrutiny of modern science. Now that we know that the earth is 4.6 billion years old and the universe several times older, the age-old myths of Genesis and other creation legends no longer hold much credibility for people educated in modern evolutionary science. Nevertheless, many people still maintain belief in some god or other as well as belief in miracles. Why are these beliefs still with us?

I’ve decided to start a discussion regarding the resiliency of religious belief, and in particular I wish to discuss religion as mental illness, deception, biology, and simple ignorance.

from: here

Is very disturbing to me...


Anonymous said...

It should be very disturbing to you. The tendency of some theists to reject reality in favor of the imaginary, especially when espousing public policy opinions is disturbing also. Maybe I'm wrong about the reliability of science to describe the real (natural) world. Possibly I banged my head against the firmanent?

jdlongmire said...

Ah, the atheist naturalist's fallback position.

Ad hominem an entire group of people with patronizing chatter, when they find themselves in a weakened position.

Just because we can reconcile naturalistic adaptations to the origin of all things with the nod to our own frailty with "God did it" does not reduce our capacity to reason or to be reasoned with.

Our response is more reasonable than the reduction of the naturalistic dogma "Random chance did it" since, with all our discovery and understanding, we have yet to produce life or any variant thereof replicating natural chance enviroments or adaptations.

Believing in an orderly origin, even if we cannot perceive the Originator is not an unreasonable position to hold. Nor should free dialogue in the marketplace of ideas be considered a threat...unless your dogma is succeptible to investigation and critical examination.

Positioning one's worldview as superior and another's worldview as an illness that should be "treated" starts down the slippery slope of persecution and death so common throughout history.

...about things that interest me and are (hopefully) edifying!

But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3

Soli Deo Gloria!!

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