Since the atheist de-batism using a hairdryer marked reason is making the news again – here are my comments from almost a year ago today.
In a type of mock ceremony that’s now been performed in at least four states, a robed “priest” used a hairdryer marked “reason” in an apparent bid to blow away the waters of baptism once and for all. Several dozen participants then fed on a “de-sacrament” (crackers with peanut butter) and received certificates assuring they had “freely renounced a previous mistake, and accepted Reason over Superstition.”
For Gray, the lighthearted spirit of last summer’s Atheist Coming Out Party and De-Baptism Bash in suburban Westerville, Ohio, served a higher purpose than merely spoofing a Christian rite.
“It was very therapeutic,” Gray said in an interview. “It was a chance to laugh at the silly things I used to believe as a child. It helped me admit that it was OK to think the way I think and to not have any religious beliefs.”
…Atheist Gary Mueller recently mailed his de-baptism certificate to St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Concord, Calif., and asked to be dropped from its baptismal record. The church told him, in effect, that he was all wet.
“While we do not remove a name/person from a Baptism register, we can note alongside your name that ‘you have left the Roman Catholic Church,’ ” the Rev. Richard Mangini replied in an e-mail. “I hope that God surprises you one day and lets you know that He is quite well.” [reference]
As a former atheist I would like to debunk what they are saying, but since I can only rely on superstition and not reason I am unable to. When I became Catholic I had to sign one of those documents about promising to abstain from reason and other bad habits I had picked up in a lifetime of atheism. In the last ten years I have been much happier now that religion is a crutch and life is easier now also since I don’t have to think anymore and can just blindly follow some foreign guy in a robe! I embrace my sheepleness.
Besides reason is not what it is cracked up to be. Just what had it done for St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas. Pascal, or even our present Pope? Remember that encyclical Pope John Paul II wrote “Faith and Superstition”? Oh wait.
Now if these people were serious about giving up Christianity and the fruits of Christendom, they should also denounce hospitals, universities, and even modern science, and of course acts of charity. They want to denounce Christianity while at the same time enjoying the fruits of it.
I am so glad that this man showed us how to use reason! Forming judgments by a process of logic always leads you to sticking a piece of paper with REASON on it to a hair dryer. Mocking Christians with phony rituals that have not ability to cancel out an ontological change screams reason. Though ‘Reason itself is a matter of faith,” G. K. Chesterton wrote. ”It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.”
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth–in a word, to know himself–so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves. – Pope John Paul II Fides et Ratio.
The Catholic Key blog titled the post on this “Atheists Need Better liturgists” Actually a stunt as silly as this sounds just like something a liturgist would recommend. Rocks in baptismal fonts and blow-dryers marked reason kind of go together.
As a former atheist myself, I am surpised that Mr. Kagin doesn’t realize the harm he is doing to his cause. It seemed that one of our most powerful assets in the fight against faith was the appearance of a stern and respectable intellectual superiority that we had inherited from the German free-thinkers. A brave and respectable atheism — morally superior to religious foolery and superstition.
Now, the brilliant Mr. Kagin is actively trying to eliminate that greatest of atheism’s proselytizing tools with his nonsense rituals…I say, God bless him. He is doing for atheism what televangelists have done for Christianity. It just makes my job easier.
Just wondering what you would do if you were previously, say, Jewish…
I guess a sewink kit would be in order.
I meant sewing kit.
If only our first parents would not have S.I.N.E.D. (Sinners Indeed Need Everlasting Dad) we would not need “Baptism” or the likes.
If only our sins would not have killed all The Prophets that Our Heavenly Father sent to help U>S.
If only our sins would not have teamed UP with lost souls and lost spirits and con vinced each other that they really were “IT” crucifying God’s Only Begotten Son that Our Spiritual Uncle known as “The Holy Ghost” which UP SET over ten thousand Indian Chiefs then the Atheist Sacramentals would not be needed.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to “IT” 🙂
Round and round we go and where we stop God Only Knows so Rock on Atheist.
Wow. When I was an atheist, I didn’t concern myself about religion — the idea of wasting time on stupidities like this never even occurred to me.