Further Evidence of the Lack of Civil Discourse: This Time a Theistic Example

Apparently there’s a new anti-atheist book out called The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers, and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War on Christians by Don Boys. To say that this book is an example of “unfriendly theism” appears to be a massive understatement.

I always chuckle when a complete stranger tells me that I hate God, as if I could hate something I don’t think exists. (A related idea is that atheists are “threatened by God” — see here.) But I’m not Boys’ target; the “New Atheists” are. Here are some excerpts from a blurb for his book:

Every atheist states his motives clearly: It must be illegal for any teacher, preacher, or parent to teach any child an exclusive salvation based on the death and resurrection of Christ and a literal Hell. It should be treated as child abuse. Boys asserts that the prohibition will be expanded to apply to adults and sees a major confrontation where real Christians will refuse to obey that obtrusive, offensive, and obviously unconstitutional law. ….

Dr. Boys characterizes these New Atheists as being tyrants and totalitarians in the pursuit of their desire to remake America in the old Soviet image, and suggests that blood will flow through the streets if children are taken from homes and Sunday schools and parents are charged with child abuse. ….

All atheists appear to be arrogant, angry, and asinine. Their ignorance is only exceeded by their arrogance. And evolution is a farce, a fraud, a fake, believed only by fools, fanatics, and fakers. …

It seems atheists confuse their opinions with facts and such a problem indicates mental instability.

I think I have proved that the “brights” are not very bright and have repeatedly taken a knife to a gun fight. No, not very bright. They are losers. Nor are they honest. They have decided to win this war against God in the public forum using any weapon at hand and lying is the closest weapon they have. They are unabashed, unashamed, and unrepentant blind—boasting—babbling—bombastic–buffoons.

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About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17668854596329493360 ZAROVE

    I have three things to say.

    1: I am getting tired of the partisansism and exaggerated nonsense I see in the world. I don’t like Militant Atheist Books, like by that Idiot Dawkins, but I’m not exactly moved by things like this either…

    They just pick a side then argue like Lawyers, depicting their side as Saints and the other side as Pure Evil. Its remarkably shallow and only serves to further Strife.

    2: I actually do think some Atheists Hate God. No, I don’t think its odd. Simply saying “I can’t hate God because I don’t think he exists” is not really an address to the observation. Atheists who intentionally spell god in lower case when using it as a name and go out of their way to tell you what a Horrible Monster God is whilst condemning him morally and becoming angry at any mention of God really do come off as God Haters more than people who don’t believe in God.

    Too often we hear “I don’t believe in God, not let me tell you what a Right bastard he is.”

    Saying you don’t believe in God is not good enough and its obvious that some deep seated resentment does exist in some people.

    I’m not saying you personally hate God, I don’t know you that well, and I am not saying all Atheists do either, but its clear that some people who call themselves Atheists plainly do have such animosity toward the very concept of God that Hatred is the only Rational Conclusion you can Draw from it. I don’t, after all, get angry at Darth Vader or Captain Hook, so why do they get mad at God?

    3: I do think some Militant Atheists have a hostile Political Agenda, but I think some Christians do too. I don’t think they represent the Majority and do think the Hostile Tone of those quotes, as well as the broad generalisation, makes this book really nothing more than a shrill rallying call for the less than Rational Element who simply want an easy enemy to hate. Its not different from ( and likely is the same set as ) those Christians who insist Islam worships a different god and Allah was a Pagan moon god, and all Muslims want Shariah law imposed onto society and support Terror.

    Its nothing new though, Catholics once upon a Time were the big bad boogie man, the terrible Lurking Menace. Some Atheists see Christians in the same way, too.

    I don’t know why but it seems too many of us want easy answers and an easy target and its better to say “I am in Group X so All people in Group Y are my Enemies and all of them agree with each other on everything” than to allow any nuance.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16641266062186767500 Keith Parsons

    Haw Haw! What a title! "The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers, and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War on Christians" If it were any more childish it would have to be titled "Atheists are Poopy-Heads." Seriously, was this written by a grown man?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17668854596329493360 ZAROVE

    Is it any mroe Childish than "The Gid Delusion"? or worse, "god Is Not great"?

    I think that the polemic issue resides on both sides.

    But note, he didn't just take shots at Atheists, but Scholars and "pagan preachers" as well. I suspect a Pagan preacher is anyone who doens't agree with the Authors view on ehat Christianity is…

    …even if they are themselves Christians.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17668854596329493360 ZAROVE

    But Mr. parsons, I do like the Chick reference from you! Chick tracts really do GET READ! HAW HAW HAW!


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