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Year of the Atheist?

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Will 2012 Be the Year of the Atheist? By BRANDON G. WITHROW – THE HUFFINGTON POST – RELIGION
Added: Friday, 30 December 2011 at 7:02 PM
http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644425-will-2012-be-the-year-of-the-atheist

Let’s hope 2012 will see a renewed challenge to the new atheists in a form not muddled by Christians defending Christianity.
The New Atheism is not ready to ship as a world view dominating secular society. It simply is not, and is pervaded with false understandings as accessory to the issue of atheism.
I hold no brief for theism, but I think the new atheism has demonstrated the seeds of a new intolerance, even before it is anywhere near mainstream. We can see the reality already in the universities where the combined dogmas of darwinism, scientism, and the new atheism reign as a dominating paradigm, with important exceptions and diversity still. But we can see the danger in the way Darwinian ideology has moved to become a scheme of near mind-control with no serious chance of dissent. A similar regime with respect to atheism would be the dangers of theocracy all over again.
I think a robust agnosticism would be far more cultural sane than the near crackpot distortion of atheism being promoted by the new atheists.
All the benefits of sanity to be had from liberation from narrow religion have been thrown away in the cultic ideology of this new group, whose worst confusion is the destruction of secularism in the name of secularism.
But one thing is sure, these fanatics will not listen, and they will likely achieve a fair degree of false success. But in the end the limits of this formulation, repulsive even to many old atheists, will rise to put a brake on its expansion.

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