The Atheist's Lament
"If there is a God, why can I not sense Him"
One of the more rabid "atheists" on HubPages, posted what I initially thought would read like a scholarly exposition on why Atheists are more righteous than , say Christians. I got the hibbie-gibbies reading the whole piece, not because it enthralled me, but because it appalled me. His logisms were very suspect at best, his prose was a disjointed mixture of snippy-snappy one liners that were devoid of wit and grit; his arguments were so dull-edged they neither lacerated nor eviscerated. This particular hubber, typically rants at people who disagree with him; he cants at beliefs systems he finds beneath his ill-conceived, and self perceived feeling of intellectual superiority. Ideas that does not seem "rational" to him he immediately labels "meaningless drivel"
Well. here are three paraphrased examples of what I would call his drivel.
(1)The root cause of why I don't believe in God is because religionists, mostly Christians, cause ill-will, and throughtout all of history have gone to war for their beliefs and for their attempts to impose those beliefs on others. Religionist have been conditioned to accept unquestioningly whatever it is that they have been taught to believe, thus they are incapable of independent thought, thus they are not righteous. -----The logic of this cause-and effect statement falls flat on its nonsequitur face. It's akin to a kindergartner asking his classmate why he does not believe in the toothfairy as he does and most of his peers, and his answer is: because you are all bad people, you steal things from me, and you push me around, and you call me bad names, and you are always bullying me.
(2) It is simple really, there is no God- so there is no religion.------This idiotic simplistic notion does not fly on the face of reality. A belief in God is but one ot several tenets that are cocooned in religious beliefs. In reality there are believers who are not religious at all in that they do not follow those other tenets purely or strictly. Converely, there are religionists(cultists as he so arrogantly pronounced) who have no use or need for a belief in a Supreme Deity but still consider themselves religious because they follow most of those other tenets.
(3) I do not believe in God because I have looked at the evidence, and there is none.---In this he obviously does not know the difference between him ( a self-described atheist) and an agnostic.
The rest of his hub discussed the various reasons why he believed that Atheist are righteous, or more righteous, one of which is: unlike Christians who allow their "invisible super-daddy" (his words not mine) to do the thinking and rationalizing for them , atheist are not similarly constrained and thus supremely capable of independent ideas, ideals and ideologies.
He was not persuaded by my, and a lot of the other hubber's, arguments that Christianity and other monotheistic and for that matter polytheistic religions, being man-directed are subject to human follies and foibles. We argued that he should be more accomodating of the concept that all man-made institutions and endeavours have never and will never be pardigmatic of pure unadulterated triumph. Converely, since humans and their fully complex brain have evolved so far, he should not deny his fellow flawed humans the ability to conceptualize the idea that , not all realities are material or physical and the reality of a spiritual, ethereal and transcendental world should and must not be discarded.
As an aside, Christopher Hitchens, an atheist par excellance, just revealed on a recent article on Vanity Fair (of which he is a brilliant contributing polemicist) that he was just diagnosed with a form of throat cancer..... the reality of which stunned his usual self-assurance, mostly because it could mean his physical removal from the people he vehemently disagreed with but whom he respected and treasured nonetheless. He and his younger brother (whose name escapes me at the moment) who is an ardent believer and a brilliant writer himself, have been involved in the most contentious and public debate on the existence of God. It looks like the fraternal ties that used to connect them could again be bound by a most unexpected development. Now that Christopher may soon face the reality of his own mortality, the glint of God in the near horizon might yet appear and convince him that indeed He exists.