Just read a Christian post and I felt compelled to respond. It’s titled The Irony of Atheism, and you can read it in its entirety by following the link.
Let’s jump into what this bloke has to say.
Atheists claim that Atheism is not a religion because it is a disbelief in a supernatural being of any kind whether God or gods.
Strong start! Bravo!
Just a small correction though, you can be an atheist and believe in the supernatural. For example, you might believe in ghosts.
But still…strong start. Carry on.
However Atheism is itself a “Belief” that claims that God or gods do not exist that also requires of its adherents a “leap of Faith” without a single shred of evidence to support it
This is the sound of my face hitting palm.
Smack. Smack. Smack.
I’m going to move past this because it’s not really necessary to respond, in order to address the author’s larger point. I’m going to bite my tongue.
While Atheism removes God or gods from the equation Humanism – on the other hand – enthrones/substitutes man’s wisdom in the place once reserved for Divinity.
First off, you have to provide evidence that your scriptures are divine and not man-made. If they’re man-made, then how are they better than Humanism?
Humanism has the ability to change along with culture, scientific understanding and moral progress, while religion is either unable to, or is so slow to make, moral progress. Religion often impedes ethics, precisely because so many think it’s divinely inspired.
If you truly believe scripture is handed down by God, there is no good argument against a divine being. The book is right and the only way to fight such a system is to cherry pick verses or reinterpret the text.
A secular religion that is undermined by its adherents willful blindness in regards to man’s fallen nature, which leads to the false conclusion that man has no need of redemption.
I think most people accept that they’re not perfect and humanity as a whole isn’t either.
However, that doesn’t mean we need redemption from an invisible super-deity. It means we need to be aware of that and strive to improve ourselves and our collective lot here on this little blue planet.
Consequently any movement or political system based upon Atheism and Humanism – Marxism, Communism and/or Catholicism: Humanism masquerading as a religion fo example – without fail end up enslaving and persecuting the very one’s they claim to represent and serve.
I agree with you on Marxism and Communism. We are seeing a resurgence in cultural Marxism right now in the West, and I believe it’s screwing crap up, but that’s another post entirely.
Again, I’m going to resist the urge to go off on a tangent.
But…how did Catholicism make your list of atheistic political movements? That’s freaking absurd. Catholicism is definitely religious in nature.
I also want to point out that you can be religious and embrace Marxism or Communism. You can also be an atheist, like me for example, who wholeheartedly rejects the notion of collectivism. I’m for individualism, which is directly opposed to collectivism. I am not an ally of Marxism or Communism.
Making Atheists no better than those Christians in name only, who give full reign to the evil lurking within their own unregenerate hearts, in spite of their profession to believe in the Father Above.
Atheists aren’t better than religious people. I don’t think most atheists believe they are.
The problem is that your rigid ideology shuts down conversation and we believe it isn’t correct. Why would I want to be governed by a system of rules that I find archaic, untrue and often cruel and barbaric?
One need only to look at the historical record of Russia and East Germany under the reign of Communism: A political system based upon Atheism and Humanism. Whose leaders enslaved and murdered their own people and allowed their air, land and water to become heavily polluted with industrial wastes.
Pretty sure we’re not doing a great job in the whole pollution part either, mate.
Again, I agree that atheism doesn’t shield people from bad ideologies. They can not believe in God(s) and still embrace other social or political ideologies that might be harmful.
However, those political dogmas you mention are themselves ideologies and they’re not based on atheism. Let’s say hypothetically that everyone agrees both Marxism and Communism are bad.
Communism = bad.
Marxism = bad.
Atheism is separate from either. As you rightly pointed out when you began this post, it’s merely the lack of belief in God(s).
People are complex. For example, you can be an atheist and embrace the teachings of Jesus. You can be a Christian and believe that Communism is better than Capitalism and collectivism is better than individualism.
In fact, you can have religious communism.
How’s that for a mind-bender?
I think the take-away from this is ultimately that things are rarely black and white.