For those who aren't familiar with the term "New Atheism"
New Atheism is the name given to the ideas promoted by a collection of modern atheist writers who have advocated the view that "religion should not
simply be tolerated but should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational argument wherever its influence arises.
I would argue that many times there is no "rational" argument involved...
I will start by stating that I am a Christian, and although I am not Catholic, I attend mass two or three times a month. I do this because my wife is
a Catholic school teacher and my kids attend the same school. It is a good opportunity to be involved with my family on a spiritual level, and its no
skin off my teeth to attend. Next, I would like to say that although I am a believer, I respect those who do not and try not to impress my beliefs on
others as I feel that it is counterproductive. Instead, I try to respectfully converse with others when the topics of religion come up. However, I
will defend Christianity when I feel it is being wrongly attacked, misstated, or distorted. Now that you know a little about me....
New Atheism is running rampant on ATS. It is a growing form of guerrilla warfare designed to attack religion and deceive the masses. It is fueled by
hate and spews misinformation. There is a constant barrage of these anti-religion propaganda threads popping up on this website. Sometimes they hide
under the guise of something else; sometimes that are blatant. They almost never have anything to do with an actual conspiracy, alternative news,
philosophy, or anything else truly relevant to ATS. This is why I state that the proponents of New Atheism are USING our forums to push their agenda.
This becomes apparent when you take notice of the many new members whose first threads pertain to this. T & Cs state that I cannot point out examples
of this or name members by name, but most of us are astute enough to take notice.
Now, I know that believing in God, the Bible, and Jesus is not popular on this site. I'm completely okay with that. It gives me an opportunity to
engage in many civil and interesting conversations with believers and non-believers alike. What does bother me is when I see so many people whose
entire problem with the above mentioned is based on ignorance. Many times their opinions aren't their opinions at all. Meaning they haven't done any
kind of reading or research whatsoever on the subjects. This is poor grounds to stand on for any debate, not just a religious one. I see a correlation
with these "sponges' who have soaked up the New Atheism agenda with little or no research of their own. Then, turn around like good little soldiers
and regurgitate the same, unfounded nonsense.
I think many of you will agree that there is a great many of young minds on ATS. Many of them are searching for answers to a variety of questions.
Some of these questions may be of the most profound kind. I'm okay with anyone finding the answers they are looking for, even if I disagree with
them. My problem is a movement such as this infiltrating these minds and planting seeds of hate...and by doing so, growing their numbers.
I willingly give my respect as a fellow human to Atheists, who am I to judge? I despise these militant New Atheists, they are paramount to religious
radicals. ATS would be much better of without them.
For those interested in a good, educated, and friendly "is there a God?" debate...it is lengthy, but educational. It pits Christopher Hitchens who
was one of the worlds foremost Atheist speakers and authors against William Lane Craig, one of the worlds foremost Theologian and Apologist. It takes
place at Biola University.
Christopher Hitchens vs. William Lane Craig