What are they angry at?
Posted by aogSunday, 21 September 2003 at 22:30 TrackBack Ping URL

Orrin Judd cites a couple of articles and then brings up the incandescent anger than many atheists have toward religion and the religious. This anger has always been a puzzle to me. I hung out with mostly non-believers and a few Christians and there simply wasn’t any hostility, even though the Christians made no secret of their belief. They also didn’t “broadcast” it either, they (and one girl in particular) simply lived it. She “walked in faith” and even at the time I admired her for it. That experience was probably the cause of my subsequent high comfort level with believers even though I myself am not one.

Later in the comments Jeff Guinn talks about “Dunno-ism”, the belief system of those who don’t believe we can ever really know whether there is God or which religion (if any) is accurate. In contrast to atheists, who have a positive believe about the existence of higher powers (there aren’t any). A Dunno-ist in contrast says “my observations are unrealiable and my thoughts imperfect so while I can be confident I can’t be sure”. This is basically where I am. I find religion interesting and I’d like to believe but I just can’t.

Which brings me back to the original point. I suspect that the angry atheists are victims of envy. I will admit that I’d probably be happier as a believer and it can be a bit depressing to see some one who walks in faith living well — “there but for the Grace of God go I”. As we all know, people are for more frequently hated for what’s good about them than what’s bad. The angry atheists go on about the fraudulent televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart because they’d prefer all believers to be like that — it would validate their belief system. Unfortunately for them, over all religious belief seems to be a winning strategy. Surely the atheists would come to this conclusion if they had the real courage of their convictions. Given the almost universality of religion, a strict Darwinist would have to conclude that it’s beneficial, at least at the demic level and probably individually as well, or it would not be so ubiquitious. So the angry atheists are betrayed by their own beliefs, which is enough to piss any one off.

Finally, why do the angry atheists care? If you really don’t believe it’s possible for there to be a God then why does it matter if people delude themselves about it? It’s all going down in the heat death anyway. Why get worked up in to a lather about it? It’s just not rational …

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David Cohen Friday, 26 September 2003 at 00:21

For most of us, belief is an act of will.

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