[quote author=“JGrice02”]The only difference is that atheistic fanatics will be doing things in the name of “Reason” instead of the name of “God”.
Imagine, people actually have logically, rational reasons for doing the things they do. The horror.
As Sam Harris would say, It’s reason run amok!
I doubt you could say the same thing about theists, which is why extremist positions, such as the one you take, are dangerous.
You typically won’t come across an atheist who will try to get you to accept reason by violently threatening you or using anything other than reason to convince you. To do otherwise would be insanely hypocritical.
Perhaps that is what you want, for people to fear you.
I want people to fear stupidity and irrationality. I want them to think, Ahh! Bad things can happen to me when I elicit those characteristics. Maybe I should think before I jump.
However, I don’t think a government mandate is in order, nor do I think that we need anything other than a democracy which gives no religion any preference and allows everyone to worship as they choose. I’m going to try to make you feel stupid and embarrassed, yes. But it’s for your own good. You know that I have no real control over you. Everything I say that embarrasses does so because you have a reason to be embarrassed. Of course I’m not saying you are embarrassed, I’m simply saying if you were, that would be why, and that’s why I want to do it. We can still be friends. I’m not malevolent or anything.
Maybe it is what Harris wants as well, though I don’t get that from him so much. But if you ask me, such a position will only drive people away from atheism and promote more evil in the world.
Drive people away from atheism and promote more evil in the world? Do you really mean that or am I committing a post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy by assuming that you mean atheism is not the promotion of evil?
Thank God there are still people like William L. Rowe, a friendly atheist, who can respect and work with theists. But my guess is Rowe is a rare breed who can actually agree that Christianity is rational.
I rather he think that it’s irrational to argue with a Christian, therefore he lets them be.
Sure there is. Your ability to reason, however flawed it might be, is a fact that points to God’s existence.
How is it a fact that points to God’s existence?