In search of greener grass?

by Robert

Interrupting my irregularly scheduled apatheism, I bring you the following irony…

A video gone viral recently among the Christian blogosphere argues that religion should be shunned.

A video gone viral recently among the atheist blogosphere argues that religion should be emulated.

Well, perhaps that’s oversimplifying things a bit, but you have to appreciate the surprising switcheroo.

If you’re going to watch just one video, I recommend the second.  Its point is that religion provides us -  atheists included – many of the things we need to prosper – things such as a moral framework, and community.  Even as societies abandon religion, the needs it fulfills remain.  The question the video answers is how best to do that, and with what.  Its title is apt: Atheism 2.0.

I found the first video interesting from the perspective of a student of the religious phenomenon.  It explicitly agrees with many of the critiques of religion made by the so-called new atheists, which suggests a significant influence even among believers.  But it takes the bold tact of attempting to divorce Christianity from religion by redefining the former.  Historically and theologically, I find that a daunting and problematic – if not predictable – task.  Christianity 259,761.0.

So what’s this about apatheism?

Increasingly, I feel that arguing over the existence of god is like arguing over the existence of the Tooth Fairy.  The arguments for such a being or beings just seem silly to me, and become more flabbergasting when they involve the claims of particular religions.  If you’re a believer unable to relate, consider your stance vis-à-vis Scientology.  The question of its truth is something you likely find patently absurd, hardly worth sparing a moment of your time for.  This is how I presently feel about the god question.

Nonetheless, I continue to enjoy identifying incoherencies in religious belief.  I’ve lately been thinking about faith; in particular, how a religious believer can justify it for themself, but dismiss it of others.  Hopefully, a blog post with some scattered thoughts will see the light of day soon.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian M January 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

The main reason for arguing about religion is that it is fun…and interesting…to debate these arcane theories and philosophies and ideas.

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Robert January 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Oh, I completely understand. It’s why I still do it. But after dealing with such bad theistic arguments for so long, you realize you’re not engaging with reality-based people.

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Proph January 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

“I’ve lately been thinking about faith; in particular, how a religious believer can justify it for themself, but dismiss it of others. ”

Are you referring to the famous ‘one God further’ objection? If so, you are fortunate! A prominent modern apologist has already addressed the issue:

http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2011/04/one-god-further-objection.html

http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2011/04/further-thought-on-one-god-further.html

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Robert January 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

No, not at all. I’m referring to the use of faith as an epistemology to justify one’s theological beliefs. Believers within a vast variety of contradictory traditions rely on faith in this way.

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