The doctor entered the room silently and deliberately. In through the door with him came a rush of cold breeze, wafting that distinctly hospital smell all over the room. He went directly to his chair, placed his clipboard on the counter in front of him, and removed a pen from the pocket on his white lab coat.
The anticipation grew with every reticent second as I sat there watching him scribble notes and shuffle papers. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, he clicked his pen shut and turned to face me. I didn't need any words. The look on his face said it all.
"Mr. Draper." he said softly before clearing his throat. "Mr. Draper, I've just gotten your test results back, and I'm afraid there's bad news. It appears you have stupid cancer. Most likely caused by excessive exposure to stupid. You may not see the end of the month. I'm sorry."
And, scene. (I'll take a brief moment here to accept my Grammy and give one of those awkward stage bows where my arms go limp and my head bounces off my knees). Let's Tarantino this little epic of mine and see exactly what it was that caused my protagonist to receive such a devastating - though provocative - diagnosis.
I was just catching up on some podcasts today when I came upon an episode of Reasonable Doubts entitled: Thomas J.J. Altizer - The Death of God. In this monumentally moronic podcast Dr. Altizer discusses his views on atheism, which are derived heavily from Friedrich Nietzsche's "God is dead" concept. It's an entertaining (if anything) abstraction where the death of God leads society either to humanistic "perspectivism" view of morality, or to a more nihilistic one.
The intrinsic problem with this philosophy, however, is that in order to accept it, one must first believe that there was an omnipresent God to begin with. Now, maybe I'm missing some subtle nuance wherein "God" is just an analogue for "morality"; okay, I can accept that. But the thing that pushed Dr. Altizer's assertions too far were his statements like "You can't really be an atheist without being a Christian." and "There is an actual, real, death of God, which there can't be without God!".
To me, assuming the moniker of Atheist means that I comprehensively deny the existence of a transcendent "God" that interacts with, or influences in any way, the goings on of any natural phenomena. I don't just deny the Christian "God", I deny the Muslim one, the Jewish one, the Catholic one, and every other such boogeyman doctrine. To proclaim that only Christians can be true atheists goes beyond a semantic err, it enters the realm of bigotry.
Not only do his statements infer that Christianity is/was the proper ideology, but when working in conjunction with Nietzscheian values it insinuates that Christian morality is paramount as well. I prefer that society's morals be derived from rationality and communal discourse, not from fear, propaganda, and slander.
In my humble opinion, Thomas J.J. Altizer is not an Atheist. He's merely a Christian apologist in Atheist clothing.