self-centeredness, evasion, ridicule, and closed-mindedness? Many atheists use science to back up their beliefs, but since neither the existance nor non-existance of God can be proven by science, shouldn’t you have "no opinion" on His existance if you truly follow science?
Richard Dawkins in his book "The God Delusion" uses anger repeatedly and when speaking to educated critics about his books and belief uses evasion when asked tough questions. Is this the atheist norm? When debating on the infidels web forum Dr. Hugh Ross and Perry Marshall were threatened with violence several times. Is this how atheists back up there belief with anger and threats of bodily harm?
On this forum I’ve seen few atheists who don’t ridicule others with different beliefs than theirs; evade a question that’s tough to answer or give an answer that has little or nothing to do with the question posed. Does this make your assertions seem correct to an outsider who wants to learn about your beliefs?
Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion";
Perry Marshall website.
infidels web forum 2003 Fall "forum guests Perry Marshall and Dr. Hugh Ross.
yes I have read Richard Dawkins’ book and I have watched and read critiques of his latest work. He seems mild mannered when he speaks but he writes very angily about his belief. And he does use evasion Big time!!! You haven’t seen many of his seminars if you say otherwise.
Unfortunately, many people act with ridicule toward people that disagree with them. Truthfully, Dawkins can be a bit of a jerk, just like, say, Jerry Falwell was. I also don’t find Dawkin’s arguments to be as cogent as they could be, by quite a bit. So in spite of the fact that I agree with his conclusions, I don’t necessarily find him to be the best representative of atheism.
One problem that atheists tend to run into is that they often do know more about the relgious texts and history than the relgious folks do. It is often astonishing how ignorant religious people are about the things they consider to be central to their existence. Also, there is frequently a tremendous amount of ignorance about how science is done as well as the conclusions it can reach.
One thing that leads to a great deal of anger is the number of outright lies that can be found in the religious literature. For example, no working biologist would give any credence to the intelligent design desription that has been pushed by those with a religious axe to grind. The criticisms of radiodating in many relgious tracts are simply dishonest. For people who have the respect of others because of a ‘moral stance’ to blatantly lie makes many, not just atheists, very angry.