Sunday, December 30, 2007

The New Atheism

The New Atheism.

I am as atheistic as it gets. But I will not be signing up to this shrill hectoring of the religious. The new atheists have given atheism a bad name. History's greatest atheists, or the "old atheists" as we are now forced to call them, were humanistic and progressive, critical of religion because it expressed man's sense of higher moral purpose in a deeply flawed fashion. The new atheists are screechy and intolerant; they see religion merely as an expression of mass ignorance and delusion.

This is an article for all those people who (like me) have noticed that atheism has stopped being a-theism and more what I've heard called "antitheism." It's not enough merely to disbelieve something. Now to be an atheist often means disbelieving and railing about it with fanatic zeal.

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