Re: MD Science vs. Theism: Where's The Beef?

From: Mark Steven Heyman (
Date: Sun May 08 2005 - 02:18:56 BST

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    On 7 May 2005 at 16:00, Sam Norton wrote:,,1474570,00.html

    Thought that people interested in this thread might like to have a look at
    this article, written by an atheist. Good conclusion.

    The essay overall is really a kind of pathetic attempt to appease the
    religious by setting up an aetheistic straw man "enemy" and giving
    him a good bashing. The writer seems to be saying that aetheists
    comprise a club, a cult, a "religion" all their own, complete with
    their own rules and binding ideology. This is like lumping together
    everyone who believes watching sports is a waste of time and
    intellect, and trying to draw some penetrating sociological
    conclusions from their one small opinion held in common.

    I can almost hear the editors in selecting, or more likely
    commissioning this piece: "We need something that looks like a whole
    lotta critical thinking is going on, and yet comes down firmly on the
    side of the angels."

    And here's the conclusion...

    "Atheists who attack religions for painting a false picture of the
    world are as unsophisticated and immature as religious believers, who
    mistake the picture for reality. The only mature attitude to religion
    is to see it for what it is - a kind of art, which only a child could
    mistake for reality, and which only a child would reject for being

    This is nicely written but devoid of a correlation with reality since
    non-religious people seldom give believers a second thought, and
    intelligent non-believers are already aware of the value of myth and
    art. It's been suggested that things are different in England, but
    here in the states I see no evidence of atheists attacking religion
    except when religion butts its nose into government, public
    education, and other supposedly secular affairs. In fact, here,
    it's religion that is on a well-financed attack against all things
    secular, and the result is a clear diminution of Quality.

    In short, the piece is a bit of uncontroversial fluff passing itself
    off as critical analysis. The author's intention is to appease, not
    inform, and to earn himself a couple of quid in the process.

    Mark Steven Heyman (msh)
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    "What are the 7 deadly sins of Christianity? Gluttony, avarice, sloth, lust...
    They are urges every man feels at least once a day. How could you set
    yourself up as the most powerful institution on earth? You first find out
    what every man feels at least once a day, establish that as a sin, and
    set yourself up as the only institution capable of pardoning that sin."
    -- Anton LaVey

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