Musings from Atheist Dan
Every great once in a while, an atheist will stop by my blog and bless me with his encyclopedic knowledge and expertise on such subjects as the Old Testament, Ancient Near Eastern religions, and Semitic languages. I sometimes marvel at how much the atheist will know. He's like so smart. A genuine Good Will Hunting. In a way, I am envious. Where could he possibly find the time to devote to such in-depth study? I mean, just one atheist will seem to know a lot regarding a wide range of subjects. In addition to ancient near eastern religions, he’ll know stuff from such fields as biology, archaeology, geology, psychology, all the biblical languages, and history.
Take for instance a comment from atheist Dan (whose profile is conveniently unavailable) left under this post.
There are a lot of comments in the article about how atheists don't understand and take liberties with the bible. However research shows that atheists and agnostics score higher than the religious when it comes to knowledge of the "scriptures."
Wow. Research. Like a team of graduate students spent a couple of years meticulously documenting the knowledge Christians have of the Bible and compared it to the atheists' knowledge. I wrote about this "research." It's a survey quiz given by the PEW Research people, and it is a bit of a stretch to classify it as "research." With the questions they asked, I expected the average "church" goer to fail it. But hey. What do I know about genuine research in the light of this atheist's dizzying intellect.
Moving along, he continues,
I personally have never heard a religious person say anything but supportive things about the bible, when in fact the bible is filled with completely off the wall stuff that would make most people very uncomfortable.
Yeah. I've heard that complaint about the Bible. Especially the making people uncomfortable part. But honestly, I am uncomfortable with atheism, too. I mean, all that genocidal killing over in France, Cambodia, Ukraine, and China is pretty off the wall and discomforting. And don't get me started about that creepy Darwinian eugenics thing.
The next comment is interesting:
Atheist Dan cursed the Bible with a expletive in his original comment,
As a work of literature, the bible is a piece of #$%!.
He must had gone back and read my guidelines posted above the combox where I basically stated that if you use profanity to articulate yourself, you're pretty much an idiot. He deleted this comment and submitted an edited version, but prefaced his re-posted comment with these remarks,
Note to moderator: I had one use of "profanity" which I removed in this comment so you can approve it. By the way, I have witnessed much more stupidity from any religious person I have met than people who use profanity. So your heuristic on stupidity is a bit ironic considering the fact that you are religious. For a person who loves a document that supports genocide, slavery, sexism and many forms of offensive material, your distain [sic] for profanity is inconsistent.
The word "heuristic" for those who aren't brilliant, free-thinking atheists, means, involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods. I think what atheist Dan means to say is that he didn't appreciate me pointing out how the use of profanity demonstrates a shallow, lazy mind.
He wraps up his intellectual remarks by writing,
Religious people, particularly the more religious simply have lower intelligence levels than atheists and agnostics. In fact, religious individuals lack reasoning skills because they have been retarded by following unprovable mysticism. It is no coincidence that George W Bush and Sarah Palin, both love Jesus. The stupidity applies equally to all religions, Christians complain about Muslims, but really, its all pretty much the same thing. Low intelligence individuals tying [sic] to figure out the world based upon fantasy and mass delusion.
I am guessing he is saying atheists must be more evolved than religious people. Yet according to evolution, all life is a product of its genetics passed along from one generation to the next. Only the fittest survive. Additionally, evolutionary scientists speak about a “religious gene” being passed from parent to offspring. If this is true, as I am sure atheist Dan will have to admit, what exactly can I do? I mean, I am genetically predisposed to be religious. How could I possibly be anything but religious according to my genetic make-up? For atheist Dan to chide me for lacking reasoning skills because I have been retarded by mysticism and Sarah Palin is like beating a chimp for not pronouncing the word “heuristic” properly.
As I noted, only the fittest survive. The religious, according to the article I link, reproduce more than the non-religious. That is usually because the non-religious, particularly hardcore atheists, are consumed with their self-interests that they don’t have children. Children have a way of gnawing at a person’s selfishness. The only recourse for the atheists like Dan to survive is to eliminate all the religious. But here he steps into a conundrum. In order to do such a thing requires for him to support the genocide and other offensive material he objects to.
Man. Consistency can be hard for atheists.