I began this blog in 2009 in reaction to Christians telling my son he was going to hell (see the story here). Thus my blog started with posts about the silliness and out-right obvious potential dangers of religions. Back in the day when blogs were more popular, my posts comments were loaded with arguments from both religious and religion-free folks (a nicer way to say “atheists”). I knew I’d disagree with many of the religious folks, but I was surprised to discover that I also disagree with many of the arguments of atheists.
These atheists’ arguments helped me to better understand both the function of religions and of ourselves. I have written many posts against the mistaken views of these atheists. Below are the top four mistaken things these atheists said or implied followed by a brief summary of why I disagreed. Tell me how you feel about these:
- “all religious people, unlike me, are stupid”
This is blatantly false — no need to go further.
- “all religious people, unlike me, are merely superstitious and illogical”
We are all more superstitious and more illogical than we imagine. Religious people own no monopoly here.
- “Religious beliefs, unlike mine, are just stupid beliefs”
Most religious people do not embrace their religion as mere truth propositions. Though a religious person may say their faith is doctrinal, they usually subconsciously embrace their religion more for social and meaning support. Indeed religion-free folks also sacrifice reason for meaning and social connections. We all do it.
- “I reject God because I embrace science”
“Science” is not as clean as many atheists tend to believe — their degree of faith is often unfounded. All science is inextricably mixed with our human foibles even though it tries to avoid these. There are many good books on the foibles of “science” (method, practice, bias, politics and much more), but two books I enjoyed this year that illustrates the deep seated problems with “science” are:
I wrote this post just to introduce those two books — both were written by very bright, accomplished scientists. Is science incredibly valuable? Yes ! Do we often deceive ourselves in how we embrace science? Absolutely ! Depending on comments, I may add more to this post. Thank you.