Well, it’s time for a new topic. In case you’re stopping by for the first time, each month we pick a new topic to talk about and one of our four authors starts it off on the first week of the month. Then each author takes a turn adding to what the previous author started. Our hope and goal is to eventually have a GodDam Book where we turn our “topics” into chapters. Last month was our first month trying this out and we really got a great response and some awesome feedback so here goes round two.
In the last month or so, the God Dam blog actually got quite a bit of traffic from a site called exchristian.net. It was really cool to connect with a community of people who have been involved in the church in the past but are now atheist, agnostic, existentialist etc… It was interesting to hear some of the stories and dialogue with some of the people involved in a community that to be honest acts more like the church is supposed to than the church usually does.
With that in mind, as well as my own fascination with naturalism, I decided to make this month’s topic atheism. I’ve recently started following a blog called the “friendly atheist” and this weekend they posted a video of Greta Christina (check out her blog here) and her speech titled, “Why Are Atheists So Angry”. It’s about an hour-long but at least for me, it was worth it.
She begins her talk explaining why so many atheists are angry. She talks about the oppressed women, and the raped children that religion seems to ignore if not encourage. She talks about stupidity and close mindedness and hypocrisy but about 28 minutes in she makes an observation that I really thought was interesting.
To start off you must know her definition of religion. She gives it at about 26:40. She says that, “Religion is a belief in supernatural entities or forces that have an effect on the natural world. These entities or forces are invisible, inaudible, intangible and otherwise undetectable by any natural means.” Now obviously we can debate whether or not this is the best definition for religion but that’s really not the point, so for the sake of the argument just go with it.
She goes on to say that because religion is based on invisible, inaudible, intangible, and otherwise undetectable sources, it has the potential to be very dangerous because there is no reality check. This is something that I noticed my senior year in Bible College. I saw professors and classmates who were convinced by scripture of certain things that simply didn’t work in real life. They were rigid and unflinching and even made the claim that if evidence could be found to disprove them, they would not change because of what was stated in the Bible.
The general consensus is that Theology informs reality. To me, that is kind of silly. What if you’ve read the Bible wrong? It’s happened before, just ask Galileo.
I feel like a more balanced approach is necessary for Christians. The bible is important but if what we see in reality doesn’t match up, we need to take a step back and re-evaluate. If God is logical, and if he spoke through scripture into a logical world, then the Bible ought to work in reality. If it doesn’t then one of two things is happening. Either we understand reality incorrectly, or we are reading the Bible wrong.
Christians need to start using the brains that God gave them and they need to add the reality check that seems to be missing in theology.
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- Are you an angry atheist? (mojoey.blogspot.com)
- Why I am an atheist – Breton Vandenberg (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Scepticon IV Talk (Greta Christina) (marcelgomessweden.wordpress.com)
- “Militant Atheism” – I don’t think that means what you think it means. (monicks.net)