The Atheist Delusion

Charlotte Allen takes the atheists to task:

I can’t stand atheists — but it’s not because they don’t believe in God. It’s because they’re crashing bores…

…My problem with atheists is their tiresome — and way old — insistence that they are being oppressed and their fixation with the fine points of Christianity. What — did their Sunday school teachers flog their behinds with a Bible when they were kids?…

…Maybe atheists wouldn’t be so unpopular if they stopped beating the drum until the hide splits on their second-favorite topic: How stupid people are who believe in God. This is a favorite Dawkins theme. In a recent interview with Trina Hoaks, the atheist blogger for the website, Dawkins described religious believers as follows: “They feel uneducated, which they are; often rather stupid, which they are; inferior, which they are; and paranoid about pointy-headed intellectuals from the East Coast looking down on them, which, with some justification, they do.” Thanks, Richard!

Dennett likes to call atheists “the Brights,” in contrast to everybody else, who obviously aren’t so bright. In a 2006 essay describing his brush with death after a heart operation, Dennett wrote these thoughts about his religious friends who told him they were praying for his recovery: “Thanks, I appreciate it, but did you also sacrifice a goat?” With friends like Daniel Dennett, you don’t need enemies.

They are crashing bores – arrogant, too. But in the end, I don’t believe in atheists – meaning, I don’t believe there is, has been or ever will be any person who will be entirely convinced there is no God. Atheism is an attitude – a self-centered, elitist conceit about one’s supposed intellectual superiority coupled with a desire to have this alleged superiority acknowledged by others.

This is the only way to explain the phenomena of atheists who sue in court to, say, have a prayer said at high school graduation banned. If you were really convinced that God didn’t exist then you simply wouldn’t care that some words were said to what you consider to be a non-existent entity. A truly intellectual person would understand that others do believe it and have this need and so common courtesy means you’d not stand in their way…and you wouldn’t be spreading absurd theories about how Christians are just waiting for their chance to start burning heretics at the stake, unless the ACLU stops them from having a Nativity scene at town hall.

If, on the other hand, what you’re really about is insisting how smart you are then what you’re really trying to do is hide any reference to the one entity who is and always will be so vastly smarter than you that you are reduced to absolute insignificance in and of yourself. For some people the problem is that they are created – can’t stand the thought that they didn’t just will themselves into existence and thus became the smartest person in the room. So, they cook up absurd theories of universes creating themselves and look down upon those poor fools on their knees in prayer.

Meanwhile, we’re just sorry for them; and we’ll keep praying for them. Its so hard to see some of our fellows so cut off from reason and love – so unwilling to first admit to the superior and then realize you can endlessly draw upon this superior for whatever it is you need. Its like watching a man die of thirst in the desert for simple unwillingness to walk to the lake – he wants the lake to come to him and prove to him it exists, then he’ll deign to admit to the existence of the lake.