Tuesday, 11 December 2012

An invitation to #TeamJesus to define what they mean by 'an atheistic worldview'

For as long as I have been writing/commenting/blogging about atheism, I have been confronted by an utterly bewildering phenomenon, namely the insistence by theists that atheism - despite being the lack of a belief in the existence of a god or gods - forms the basis of (or in its totality) a 'world view'.

I encourage people to forward this to their theistic-leaning friends and family, and share on whatever social networks you are subscribed to (I'll post it to r/atheism, but if you want to post it to another subreddit, I thank you), to try and elucidate just what it is theists think constitutes an 'atheist world view'.

If you would like to leave a comment, please be as specific as you can.

Thank you in advance.

1 comment:

  1. It's just an update to include the latest "bugbear". In the 70s it was a 'nihilist worldview' that was supposed to be evil, in the 80s a 'humanist worldview', and with the rise of so-called "New Atheism" the target has now shifted to an 'atheistic worldview'.

    It's exactly as meaningless as all the previous scary labels.

    TeamJesus aren't talking to you, or I, or anyone but the choir when they use this term. It's never supposed to be actually defined, just used as a placeholder for whipping up the congregation to hate the latest incarnation of people saying "you know we really should, as a first principle, be nice to each other and not rely on a god or gods to solve our problems".

    TeamJesus cannot abide that answer, but (obviously) can't attack it directly, so they invent strawmen like an 'atheist worldview' to attack instead.


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