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Mark Jones's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by Mark Jones

It's the banality of the arguments posed when accusing other of banality that astounds.

There's a plethora of such 'New Theists' appearing, whose MO is to diss the New Atheists with a serious of tired insults, non-sequiturs and straw men. New atheism's arguments do not differ from the old atheism, so the wretched cry, "It was Nietzsche what done it better!" is *so* lame. Please be honest, theists and faitheists: you don't like the new atheists because they're more successful at getting the message over.

A truly profound atheist is someone who has taken the trouble to understand, in its most sophisticated forms, the belief he or she rejects, and to understand the consequences of that rejection.

An *impossible* task for anyone who lives just three score years and ten. Which belief should we start with? Alphabetical, is it? Is Aardvarkism still thriving? No, OK, Bahá’i; anyone got the juice on this? I'll be back in a few years to start on Buddhism.

One doesn't have to study Christian theology in depth to be an intellectually satisfied atheist any more than a Christian has to study the theologies of every other world religion (that is and has ever been) in depth, and rejected them, to be intellectually satisfied.

Get. Over. It.

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:39:00 UTC | #461792