Being an atheist doesn't guarantee someone is rational

Christina did a post on Patrick Greene this morning.  I read the article and this was the part that stuck out to me.

In late 2011, Greene joined the fight against a Nativity scene that had been set up outside the courthouse in the town of Athens, Texas, threatening to file a lawsuit over it. Shortly after he made his threat, however, he discovered that his ability to see was rapidly deteriorating and he would soon be blind, so he withdrew his threats and left the Nativity alone.

That’s when Jessica Crye, a Christian woman from Athens, asked her pastor, Erick Graham of Sand Springs Baptist Church, if they could help Greene. As a result of her kindness, thousands of dollars in donations have gone toward helping Greene, who has reconsidered his view of God as a result.

That was what tipped it?

Greene’s outlook must’ve been that he was ok with people rising from the dead – that didn’t bother him.  Someone walking on water?  No logical problems there.  Talking snake?  Sounds legit.  Jonah and the whale must not have set his bullshit sensors off.  The idea of a global flood or someone being changed into a pillar of salt likewise must not have registered as a contradiction.  Greene’s one hangup with the whole Christian project must’ve been that he thought believers couldn’t be charitable and, once they proved they could be, then he was all set on all the other stuff.

It sounds like Greene wasn’t exactly a pro at the whole “being reasonable” thing as an atheist, which has served him well en route to Christianity.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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