Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December from the American Humanist Association $40,000 holiday ad campaign.
Though why believe in good? And if you are going to believe in good than was is the objective absolute you base good on, or is good just whatever you “feel” is good. If good is subjective, why not believe in a god if it makes you feel good?
Fellow ex-atheist John C. Wright also weighs in on this and makes great points.
Because, of course, rational and critical thinking is an exclusive province of the atheist camp.
In my own life, I just had a fan of secularism tell me this in all sobriety. When I produced examples and evidences to the contrary, he retreated to the posture of merely repeating himself without addressing any of the points raised. In other words, it was an dogma of faith with him, not open to dispute. Ironic, no?
Regarding the article, this is the part that gets me: “Edwords said the purpose isn’t to argue that God doesn’t exist or change minds about a deity.”
Oh, rubbish. That is exactly your purpose, and if it is not your purpose, you are a disgrace to the cause of atheism. If you are an atheist, you believe that belief in God is false, if not morally wrong, then it is your duty, your duty damn it (does that word mean nothing to you?!), to argue that God does not exist and to change minds about a deity: because all honest men must oppose what is false, and all virtuous, what is wrong.
I must say that I did not depart the atheist camp because of my disgust with my fellows, but the disgust did make the departure pleasant rather than filled with lingering regret when it came. My fellow atheists who were reasonable, not merely anti-clerical bigots, were a small and silent minority, and the choir of yammerheads was the majority.
I still regard men of reason, men of the mind, to be my allies against the forces of unreason, whether the unreason issues from within the Church or from without it. A logical man respects the LOGOS, whether he calls it divine or not.
When the atheist movement turns into a secular form of religion, it has lost its soul.