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Thomas Wells on Why He Doesn't Like the New Atheism

25 February 2014, 10:16
I found this article from Thomas Wells, an atheist (who doesn't want to be called that) rather interesting and thought it might stir some discussion.

Here are some quotes from the article which can be found here.

"The 'new atheist' movement associated with the 'four horsemen' (Hitchens, Dennett, Harris, Dawkins) doesn't speak for me. It combines uninformed foolishness with a quasi religious dogmatism of its own and tops it all with an illiberal political programme. As a non-believer I am as embarrassed by them as many Christians are embarrassed by the ravings of the evangelical fundamentalists who appoint themselves the representatives of Christianity."

These two paragraphs were also of interest to me.

"The fundamental problem with all this is that the new atheists accept that religion is important enough that it matters whether one has the right or wrong beliefs about it, and have specific views about what religious beliefs one should hold. What separates them from me is that I don’t consider religion worthy of rational dissent, and I don’t consider that true freedom from religion would require me to rationally justify my lack of belief or interest in it. Of course god doesn’t exist. So what?"

"There are many supernatural things that some people believe in that I don’t, including Santa Claus, UFOs, crop circles, witches, ghosts, homeopathy, gods, fairies, and astrology. I see no particular reason to select out my non-belief in gods from that list of non-beliefs for special attention and justification. I see no no more reason to describe myself as an atheist, than as an afairieist, ahomeopathist, etc. To put it another way, my non-belief is apathetic: the nonexistence of God/Gods is a matter of great insignificance to me.
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Given that a lot of the atheists around here are very vocal, and scathing, that was of interest to me. What do you guys think?
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