""Or for countering obstinate, wilful, persistent ignorance in the face of overwhelming evidence"
I don't know, but this seems like kind of the point. Who else are the New Atheists involved with debating after all? The only thing…"
I shudder to admit it now, but to be honest, the fear of hell was the hardest part. It's almost impossible to imagine now, but when it is burned into your neurons from an early age I guess we can be taught to believe most anything.…"
""We would have never heard of Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins or the late great Hitch, and certainly not the ever gentle Daniel Dennet."
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As you might know from my profile, I'm a recovering Christian…"
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But be that as it may, perhaps those types of atheists are that way simply because they see blind faith and religion as the one of the most important issue facing the future of humanity and want…"
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First, welcome. It's good to be able to freely speak one's mind at this site.
Admittedly, I have to somewhat agree with Onion's definition of atheism. Perhaps it's because I've been one for 50 years (since about age 20). I'm a "simple-ist": there is no god, period. Arguments for or against are a waste of time. However, I DO promote and support my secular values--have window signs, belong to a couple of "atheist" orgs, and even write letters to the editor. So, I'm not althogethr passive. Oh yes, I even attended the "Reason Rally" in Wash DC exactly a year ago (Mar 24, my birthday!).