Do Atheists Have An “Us vs. Them” Mentality?

Atheist Revolution argues we do but that it’s not our fault because religion started it and there is no avoiding it as long as religion perpetuates it, so we cannot be blamed for just acknowledging it’s there:

I think that an “us vs. them” mentality was established long ago by religious believers and has been kept alive today primarily by religious believers. To say that outspoken atheists are somehow guilty of causing it or even maintaining it denies this basic reality: it exists and will continue to exist whether we express ourselves or not.

I understand how it might seem to make sense to accuse outspoken atheists of fanning the flames of conflict. But is that really what we are doing? Isn’t it a bit more accurate to say that we are acknowledging what already is the case and exercising our right to contribute to the discussion?

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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