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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Silly Atheists and Their Serious Hypocrisy

The American Atheists organization recently came out soundly renouncing any evangelical religious efforts to preach or evangelize in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Ellen Johnson (pictured), unarguably one of the more attractive female atheists to head any atheistic organization in quite some time (she is way hotter than that frumpy and manish Murray-O'Hair), firmly stated, "We're getting reports of how some religion-based "aid" groups are trying to fly evangelists into the stricken areas and how U.S. Army Chaplains are carrying Bibles - not food or water - to "comfort" people at the New Orleans Superdome. People need material aid, medical care and economic support not prayers and preaching." Dave Silverman, Communications Director for American Atheists, clearly demonstrated his self-inflicted denial by angrily shaking his fist in God's face and yelling, "It appears that despite all of the outbursts of public religiosity and prayer, 'God' was once again asleep at the wheel." Later, God was quoted as saying, "Why does he think I only should owe sinful creatures good all the time?" Nah - just kidding about that.

I find such outbursts by self-described anti-theists to be amusing, because it reveals a laughable hypocrisy on their part. You see, despite Ms. Johnson's Jeri Ryan like good looks, she has a lot to make up for in the "I've thought through the ramifications of my philosophy and worldview" category. Atheists are materialistic naturalists, which means to say life on Earth is the result of the steady (or "punctuated" depending on your blend of naturalism) forces of evolution. Nature is one of the prime, determining factors in the shaping of life, and sometimes nature can be cruel and cold; or wet in the case of a hurricane. Those lifeforms fit for survival survive and those not fit for survival die off. In the end, such weeding out strengthens the overall species. That is just nature in action.

Moreover, materialistic naturalism implies no supernatural. There isn't a divine intelligence doing anything. It doesn't direct the course of humanity, nor does it care about life here on earth, and it certainly doesn't establish laws and ethics by which humanity is to govern itself. There isn't some divine law we appeal to when interacting with other members of human society. Additionally, there is no "soul," no spiritual side to mankind which separates him from other lifeforms. We are just another animal - though higher functioning animal - sharing a planet with other animals.

The problem, however, are individuals like Ms. Johnson and Communications Director Dave, who live by the tenets of this philosophical outlook, calling for generosity, compassion, giving from the heart and so forth. Compassion, generosity and giving from the heart are metaphysical, non-material concepts. What relevance do they have in a materialistic natural world? In fact, where do such concepts even originate in a world solely driven by naturalistic causes? How did they evolve?

Try as they might with attempts to provide a reasonable explanation for the source of ethics and the practice of those ethics through acts of compassion, the anti-theist does not wish to come to terms with the fact he is borrowing (dare I say "stealing?") from my Christian theistic worldview. He acts just like the image bearer God created him to be, albeit a rebellious one, recognizing and acting upon a divine source of "law" outside himself.

I am sure Ms. Johnson and her other atheist buddies regularly mock Christians for their "hypocrisy." You know, when a Christian doesn't live or act in a manner a Christian is expected to behave - not living according to his or her philosophy, Christianity. Well, from my vantage point, Ms. Johnson and all other atheists are just as hypocritical. In other words, they don't practice what they preach. While you have that one finger pointed at me, Ms. Johnson, please take a look at those three pointed back at you.

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Materialistic naturalists and their morally twisted philosophy of Darwinian Evolution



Blogger anotherme said...

If it makes you feel better, the scientologists are helping to run a shelter in a community near my city.

1:42 PM, September 07, 2005  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Do they help the folks chase away the Thetans?


1:53 PM, September 07, 2005  
Blogger George said...

Atheists are not materialistic naturalists. They are atheists. They do not believe in a god or gods. That's it. Materialistic naturalism is an atheistic philosophy but that does not mean all atheists subscribe to it just as not all atheists are communists. Your primary premise was faulty.

3:08 PM, July 28, 2011  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

So George,
Are you saying then that some atheists adhere to supernaturalism? Who would that be exactly?

6:17 AM, July 29, 2011  

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