John Gray, author of The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, is a different kind of atheist. He is friendly to religion, thinks progress is a myth, and is skeptical of humanist ideals like freedom and knowledge.
This should remind us that just as there are different religions and different theologies within a religion, there are different sects of atheists: libertarian atheists, Marxist atheists, scientific determinist atheists, existentialist atheists, humanist atheists, Nietzschean atheists, etc., etc.
So when we meet an atheist, we should ask, “what kind of atheist are you?” Or, “what god do you not believe in?” We Christians might not believe in that kind of god either. In fact, the Romans persecuted Christians on the grounds that they were “atheists”; that is, they did not believe in the gods of the cultural pantheon. [Read more…]