Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Intolerance and atheism

You can’t have atheism without intolerance. Read Harris or Dawkins or Dennett or Hitchens or any of the spiritual leaders of the atheist movement and you will experience a working definition of intolerance. Dawkins can no longer tolerate fantasy or the use of one's imagination in any form. This intolerance stretches out to not only people and thoughts, but even to words like God, or Christian or Jesus. The atheist has developed - evolved? - a hyper sensitivity to anything having to do with h/her Creator. In contrast C. S. Lewis, one time atheist and later Christian scholar, wrote:

“If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through. If you are an atheist you have to believe that the main point in all the religions of the whole world is simply one huge mistake. If you are a Christian, you are free to think that all these religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth. When I was an atheist I had to try to persuade myself that most of the human race has always been wrong about the question that mattered to them most; when I became a Christian I was able to take a more liberal view.”

1 comment:

Joshua said...

Makarios, you seem very fond of consequentionalist fallacies. Just because an idea leads to result one would rather not have doesn't make the idea wrong. I'd rather be able to fly and have super strength. It would make me much happier. It isn't an argument to believe I can fly.