- Is your narrative inherently “I and Thou” or “I and It”?
- Still more from the atheist who believes in God…
- The wonder…the beauty…
- The “difference makers”. God help us…
- “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…”
“As we have already argued, the new compounding of inherited by earned economic disparity is generating a new aristocracy shorn of all vestiges of chivalry and honour. To some degree this new aristocracy is in direct continuity with older ones of ancien regime bastard feudalism and nineteenth-century quasi-feudal industrialism. And in this light, as Piketty suggests, meritocracy would appear to be the ruse of the landed and capitalised in an era of mass democracy and liberal rights.”
- Two things: First, I see this growing diversity and focus on social issues as a very positive trend and, second, more confirmation here that atheism is more a reaction to religious fundamentalism than it is any dispassionate, objective, and deliberative (outside a narrative) conclusion to the “facts” and “evidence.” It exists for the same reason Protestants exist.
“Those last few words speak directly to the very reason behind organized atheism: almost everyone who deconverts from religion and declares themselves a nonbeliever does so because of a compelling need to talk about reality. Whether it’s because we couldn’t reconcile the fossils in the earth with the story of creation we were told by our parents and clergy, or because of a need to lay claim to our sexuality without first checking for the approval or condemnation of a deity, the desire to discard what we perceive as falsehoods and speak honestly about the realities of our lives is one of the most commonly shared passions of atheists as a whole.”
The “reality” he is talking about is a reaction (encompassing a certain view of reality) against the way fundamentalists construe reality. But what if they are wrong (and they are)? Then one lives his life based upon his reaction to something that was never true to begin with. How sad. A life spent charging at windmills.
- There is not a single “lesson” here that any orthodox-mainstream Christian (the majority) would not agree with, contrary to all the hype that Christians were upset with “Cosmos”. The only people who were upset were fundamentalist Christians—apparently the only type Christian Salon believes exists. Ignorance abounds. Sort of a, “All black people can dance…” type of assessment.