Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Yes, we have no religion

Sam Harris has a new post up on his Huffington Post blog. It is actually an excerpt from an email debate that you can read here. The leading question in the debate is "why are atheists angry?" I posted a comment there:

Why are atheists angry? Maybe because so many religionists really believe we are the spawn of satan and are doomed to burn in hell. I was lucky enough to be born into a godless family, but growing up I had to contend with kids who picked on me because I had no religion and with neighbors who shunned me and wouldn't let me play with their kids because I didn't go to church. The worst ones were those who would invite me over for an over-nighter on Saturday night so that they could hustle me off to their church before taking me home. (I soon learned to avoid Saturday night stay-overs!) I'm 55 years old and I still remember and resent all the prejudicial behavior from my early years.

That's just one very personal reason to be angry. There are plenty more. I really prefer people who keep their religious beliefs to themselves. Frankly, I don't want to know the particulars about anybody's faith-based delusions. I like to think the people I deal with every day are rational beings. When religion pops up, rationality goes out the window.

I am planning to review Sam Harris' new book, Letter to a Christian Nation, but haven't had the time. I expect to get to it over winter break -- just in time for the holiday season!

But in the meantime if you need a good dose of skepticism, I do recommend God Is For Suckers -- they keep tabs on all the religious threats and absurdities.


Chris said...

I can say from previous personal experience, when you tell someone you are an atheist they act like "oh, poor just haven't found your way yet." That would be enough to make anyone angry. But I've long gotten over that. Now when that type of person acts this way I just turn the tables with an "oh, you poor diluted cute that you believe in such things." Really pisses 'em off. Childish? Maybe, but fun nonetheless

microdot said...

Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion!
Just started reading it!
I've always felt (this revelation came to me as a deranged nun was pounding my head against a tile wall when I was 12)that atheism is a product of evolution of the conciousness. Primitive man needed gods, but to make the step to this new reality requires intellectual guts!

Chris said...

Good point. That's how I feel. Eventually humans will evolve past the need to believe in gods. Haven't read The God Delusion yet, but The Blind Watchmaker was good...

Village Green said...

The God Delusion is on my to buy list. It's Teacher discount day at the local Barnes and Noble this Saturday and I'm thinking I will snap that one up.

have you seen the video "The God Who Wasn't There"? Outstanding!