June 22, 2006

Atheists for Peace

This thought-provoking article at OpEdNews.com is worth a read. The point is the link between atheism and progressive politics. However, my favorite sentence is this: "Most atheists, like myself, encourage atheism because we're embarrassed to see our fellow humans engaging in wishful and magical thinking."

Embarrassed. Absolutely! Embarrassed, ashamed, horrified, and more. Many atheist bloggers, myself included, have posted about the pros and cons of "evangelizing" atheism (personally, I hate that word). Could the sentiment expressed in this sentence effectively summarize an important part of our motivation for wanting others to question their theistic belief. You bet. Naturally, there is a lot more to it. The article goes on to address the usual political issues, but I just had to highlight this thought.

Read the article and see what you think about the author's disagreement with Sam Harris over the nature of moderate religion. Some good points are raised that will give me some things to consider and fuel future posts.