The Intellectual Snobbery of Loud Ath...

The Intellectual Snobbery of Loud Atheism

There are 6 comments on the The Atlantic story from Mar 14, 2014, titled The Intellectual Snobbery of Loud Atheism. In it, The Atlantic reports that:

Atheism seems to be intellectually fashionable these days. In the past month, The New York Times has run several stories about lack of faith in its series on religion.

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#1 Mar 16, 2014
The unintellectual snobbery of loud Theism

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#2 Mar 16, 2014
Mikko wrote:
The unintellectual snobbery of loud Theism
Your face looks like a fat turnip.

Hamilton, UK

#3 Mar 16, 2014
Seems like a good book...
Better than the various 'good books', e.g. Babble, Korap or Torahahahaha

Religion = superstition
Theology = mythology

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#4 Mar 16, 2014
I like this article even though I disagree with some parts of it. It's thoroughly honest, as far as I can see, and it doesn't avoid difficult complexities. In particular, it acknowledges the messiness of life, the universe, and everything and, like me, is inherently critical of oversimplifications that try to make sense of the senseless.

I do think that it misses one crucial point that is hopefully addressed in the book itself: what is relatively new in the mix of religious identifications is growing acceptability of nonbelief in general and atheism in particular. Year by year, decade by decade, the pressure for nonbleivers to feign belief is easing up. No longer do we inevitably get the stinky-eye if we fail to bow our heads or fold our hands when a speaker says, "Let us pray" at a public function. In some circumstances, it may someday be acceptable to respond, "Let's not."

More to the point, the burgeoning minority of nonbelievers and the believing majority need to get along in order to work together to build on the past and create an even better future. Ignoring the fact that we have more in common intellectually and philosophically than that which separates us and constantly squabbling about those small differences disrupts the peace and impedes progress. I think that's especially true here in the U.S, which, for all of its flaws, has led the way in many aspects of modern progress since its inception.

I do hope that most who comment here will read the article first. Often I see no evidence that more than one or two have in many of the threads that begin with a news item. There is much fodder here for a rich discussion.

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#5 Mar 16, 2014
Buck Crick wrote:
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Your face looks like a fat turnip.
Your face looks like fresh pile of dung

Cupar, UK

#6 Mar 17, 2014
Dung that fell out of Mr Big's bell end the last time Puck Frick was his beeatch in prison.
Mikko wrote:
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Your face looks like fresh pile of dung

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