The new crybaby theists
By MICHAEL BRULL - THE AGE.COM.AU
Added: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 00:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Mike for the link.
This is an article from theage.com.au in reply to this article "A Plague of Atheists... http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-plague-of-atheists-has-descended-and-catholics-are-the-target-20091103-hv52.html
Greg Craven attacks one of the terrible âinfestationsâ we face today: being âbeset by atheistsâ. Craven's article was remarkable for being almost entirely composed of ad hominem attacks on people who disagree with him. Incredibly, Craven declares that the ânew atheismâ is âso banally derivative of every piece of hate mail ever sent to God that I am amazed Satan has yet to sue for copyright infringementâ.
Get it? This is obviously a fairly broad category, yet the long and short is that someone who doesn't believe in god is plagiarising the devil. Craven goes on to wonder at âatheist bigotryâ, such as the view that at the âslightest opportunityâ, Catholics would reintroduce the auto da fe. Who can fail to be dazzled at Craven's obvious framework of pluralism and tolerance?
Whilst Craven's writings can be easily dismissed as name-calling, they reflect the rise of a new phenomenon. The public and commercial prominence and success of atheist writers such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling has been heralded as the rise of a ânew atheismâ. Yet the response to this could equally be heralded as the rise of a ânew theismâ.
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