Arrogance in the atheist community – by Godless Teen

May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

So, I hear that we’re having a reunion. :D glad to see that She-Devil’s back. Personally, I’ve been on my own (less depressing) hiatus that has consisted mostly of studying, more studying, AP exams, going back to studying, and the like. Anyhow, this is something that has been bothering me for a very long time about our community.

First, I would like to compare the following two statements:

If you don’t believe in God, you’re going to Hell!

And

If you believe in God, you’re a stupid, irrational person!

These two statements are similar in that they attempt to persuade you that, if you choose one “inferior” side over the other, you’ll suffer from some kind of punishment. Both are an arrogant way of saying “I’m right, you’re wrong, discussion over.”

“But… But… Not all atheists are like that!”

You’re right! However, a terrifyingly large proportion of the atheist community is. For example, I’ll borrow a passage from an article written by “geekysteven” on one of my favorite online blogs “WWJTD”, about a month ago (note that this passage has no bearing on what the attitudes of any of the other writers are like):

As skeptics, we strive to be as logical as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to learn what logical fallacies are and avoid using them.

Wait, what?! When did the word “skeptical” suddenly become the same as “logical”?! Is it logical to be skeptical? Of course, but only to a degree. If I lived my entire life skeptical of the idea that all of my actions are secretly part of some alien controller’s plan to dominate the world, I’d be living a rather pointless life. After a while, skepticism of a subject becomes irrational; there’s no reason to doubt something after enough evidence supporting it has been presented, or until evidence that would appear to contradict past evidence shows up. To act skeptical of certain subjects, after a while, becomes a pointless and tiring act.

Furthermore, being “skeptical” doesn’t mean that you’re being logical, necessarily. I could be skeptical and yet believe that clouds were created by factories. Being skeptical just means, essentially, looking for both sides of the argument. That doesn’t mean that you’ll always find the good side of the opposing arguments; you just have to keep researching to increase the probability that you do find the best opposing arguments.

More later. :)

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