National Atheist Day 2016

Friday, April 1, AD 2016

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Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.

Heywood Broun

Ah, April begins, and once again we have National Atheist Day, when we light-heartedly celebrate that herd of brave independent thinkers who assert that all of Creation exists without a Creator, and that they will soon explain, perhaps by next Tuesday, how matter and energy can arise ex nihilo.  This National Atheist Day we will look at the extreme bitterness that many atheists appear to harbor against the God they say does not exist.

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I submit that this rage is usually grounded in fear, a fear that God does in fact exist.  One of the more interesting contemporary atheists, Doctor Thomas Nagel, Professor of Philosophy at NYU gets I think to the heart of the matter:

In speaking of the fear of religion, I don’t mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehoods. I am talking about something much deeper–namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.

It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.

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National Atheist Day 2015

Wednesday, April 1, AD 2015

 

 

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A happy National Atheist Day to all our atheist readers!  I hope you will have a fun filled day yelling about the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the sky, writing to papers 5000 word letters claiming that Hitler was a believing Christian, trolling Catholic websites to use atheist proof texts that work against Baptists to establish that the Bible is absurd and all the other fun filled activities in which believers in the Great Nothing seem to derive enjoyment from.  Today I would like to direct your attention to a man that deserves honor by all atheists:  Aldous Huxley.

The grandson of “Darwin’s Bulldog”, T. H. Huxley, Huxley deserves to be remembered and not just as the author of the increasingly prophetic Brave New World, but also as being a far seeing and honest atheist.  First as to his honesty.  Huxley in Ends and Means explains why he and so many of his elite contemporaries embraced atheism:

For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaningless was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom; we objected to the political and economic system because it was unjust. The supporters of these systems claimed that in some way they embodied the meaning (a Christian meaning, they insisted) of the world. There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and at the same time justifying ourselves in our political and erotical revolt: we could deny that the world had any meaning whatsoever.”

The interesting thing about Huxley is that while he remained an atheist he became intensely interested in mysticism, along with hallucinogenic drugs, in the latter part of his life.  He even argued 1n 1945 in a best selling book that all religions incorporated what he called the Perennial Philosophy, and that a man could be an adherent of that philosophy while believing in none of the theological aspects of any of the religions.

This was a brilliant attempt to square the circle for atheism.  The great weakness of atheism is that it leads to the conclusion that existence is ultimately meaningless.  Huxley demonstrated how an atheist could derive meaning to the world by stealing borrowing from religions their trappings while ignoring the substance.

CS Lewis, who was a contemporary of Huxley and who died on the same day he did, along with John F. Kennedy, summed up this type of atheism in his The Screwtape Letters:

I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves. Of course this has not always been so. We are really faced with a cruel dilemma. When the humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all the pleasing results of direct terrorism, and we make no magicians. On the other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists and sceptics.
At least, not yet. I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalise and mythologise their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, a belief in us (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the enemy. The “Life Force,” the wor¬ship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work—the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls “Forces” while denying the existence of “spirits”—then the end of the war will be in sight.

Ah, but this is too philosophical for a day of celebration!  Time for some atheist kid songs!

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  • Correct me if I am wrong. At the end of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the Christian committed suicide. Huxley liberated himself from loving God and his neighbor as himself. Huxley allowed that the neighbor be hanged by himself.
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    The liberation Huxley sought was from the tentacles of atheism and from the cowardice that caused him to refuse the faith. The imposed strictures of being related to the Huxleys of Darwin, strictures that John Henry Cardinal Newman threw down for the Holy Eucharist.
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    Huxley sought liberation but refused to consider his free will and God Who created his free will. Huxley refused gratitude to God Who created time; his time on earth.
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    Perhaps, Aldous Huxley was a deathbed convert, given the liberation of death, and shedding his mortal coil.
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    Atheism is worse than nothing. Atheism is indentured service to the devil, enslavement to the perjury told by the demon, that God is non-existent and that the devil does not exist.
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    To those who worship The Flying Spaghetti Monster in the sky: Have a good day…God created time.

  • I always get a chuckle out of the reality that the more professional and public the intellectual atheist–the more he contradicts himself by spending his entire life fighting that which he insists does not exist.
    it simply comes down to echoing his master: “I will not serve.”

  • BTW, let us never forget that even Satan and his demon ilk have never doubted the existence of God.

  • “I hope you will have a fun filled day yelling about the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the sky…”
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    History indicates that Bobby Henderson, a 24-year-old Oregon State University physics graduate from Corvallis, OR had sent in 2005 an open letter regarding the Flying Spaghetti Monster to the Kansas State Board of Education to protest against the teaching of Intelligent Design.
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    I have been to Corvallis, OR. Physically it is a very beautiful area. But it is dominated by liberal progressive secular humanist materialist Democrats (I repeat myself excessively). Most buildings look like dilapidated run-down structures from the 1950’s and 60’s that were never renovated. The environmentalists permit few if any upgrades. The most of the college youth are wholly given over to atheism. People there brag that the term Flying Spaghetti Monster was first coined at their University. On weekends all the sexual perverts, drop-out dope smoking white haired hippies of the 1960’s, and Planned Parenthood representatives in bright pink show up for downtown’s natural organic market festival. One weekend I went downtown and one of the Planned Parenthood representatives was going to approach me to sign some petition; I looked at her and from the anger on my countenance she quickly thought better of her action. I am intolerant – completely, totally and wholly – of baby murdering.
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    There is one Catholic Church – St Mary’s. I hate its modernist architecture, but it has two wonderful priests from Argentina who are holy and devout men of God (not everyone from Argentina is a Peronist). Going to Confession with them is something I would recommend for anyone. They regularly go to OSU Campus as part of the local Newman Center program of youth outreach and dialogue with the atheists. I could not do what these priest do. I would lose my temper. The one thing I miss about Corvallis is these priests, and 24 hour Adoration. Say a prayer for them at St. Mary’s as they work to reach the lost in the Devil’s backyard.

  • Here’s an Aldous quote on which most will agree:

    It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘Try to be a little kinder.”
    ― Aldous Huxley, Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Vision

  • Aldous who?
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    You can’t take that stuff seriously. They made us read the crap in HS. Alas, that was before the serious brainwashing and I had been taught faith/morals by my parents and teachers using the old Baltimore Catechism. Ergo that garbage didn’t make a dent in my thick skull.
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    Finally (Thank God!), April Fools Day is atheist day. Coincidence? I think not.

  • Tow Mater to Lightning McQueen: “Tractors is so DUUUUUMB!”
    Penguins Fan to any and all atheists: “Atheism is so DUUUUUMB!”

    They don’t believe now. They will when they face The Last Four Things.
    I doubt that there are atheists in hell.

  • There hasn’t been an honest atheist since Nietzsche, and he, they say, couldn’t stay one as he died. Would that latterday antiprophets were as honest as him.

  • Paul W. Primavera.

    Prayers offered for them and you.

    I had a very similar encounter at Madison Wisconsin’s Farmers Mkt. one Spring morning many years ago. The ambassador for Death Inc. smirked at me as I recounted the sacredness of every human life. John 15:16; “You did not choose me, I have chosen you…..”

    When it comes down to free will and choosing to Not believe vs. believe, I’m humbled that Our gracious God has picked me to bear fruit, a lowly sinner, a nobody. Thank God for God!

  • Thank you Paul!

National Atheist Day

Friday, April 1, AD 2011

Atheist Barbie

(Hattip for the Atheist Barbie pic to its creator, Atheist Blogger Blag Hag.)  Another April 1 rolls around, and it is time again to observe National Atheist Day and salute those atheists who, as part of the herd of independent atheist thinkers, bravely assert that, yes, matter and energy did arise ex nihilo without God, and that belief in God is too silly for a person of intelligence.  (Sorry Saint Augustine and  Saint Thomas Aquinas!  Sir Isaac Newton you simply lacked the intellectual heft to embrace belief in non-theism.)

In honor of the day, I think Sir Francis Bacon’s essay Of Atheism from 1601 might be appropriate: 

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  • Hmm…Bacon is of course a cagey fellow, suspected of atheism during his own life, and in all probability aligned with some kind of esoteric materialist epicureanism. The quote from Epicurus he admires above, translated, runs something like: “There is no profanity in refusing to believe in the gods of the people: the profanity is in believing of the gods what the people believe of them.” I don’t find this to be a stalwart defense of classical theism, but rather a kind of muted and provisional expression of belief for an esoteric “God” available only to the minds of the philosophers and natural scientists.

    Likewise, the following passage is troublesome:

    Therefore, as atheism is in all respects hateful, so in this, that it depriveth human nature of the means to exalt itself, above human frailty. As it is in particular persons, so it is in nations. Never was there such a state for magnanimity as Rome.

    This suggests that theism is useful chiefly because it allows human nature “to exalt itself” and that this was evidenced, most of all, in the Roman civic religion. Of course, this runs directly opposite the traditional Christian view, which holds that in recognizing our dependence on God we recognize the inability of human nature “to exalt itself”–which, in point of fact, was the first sin. (See Augustine, De civitate Dei XIV, 12-13). Note also that “magnanimity” is the one Aristotelian (pagan) virtue that Aquinas struggles to redefine in terms of Christian humility. All I’m saying is that Bacon is a tricky figure, probably not the best exponent of the theist case.

  • “All I’m saying is that Bacon is a tricky figure, probably not the best exponent of the theist case.”

    No one is the best exponent of theism WJ except for God. I chose Bacon deliberately because of his belief in science and his arrogance which shines through most of his works. He reminds me of the New Atheists, in a few decades to be known as the Old Bore Atheists, in that regard. However, Bacon eventually decided through reason that atheism was untrue and his analysis of atheism in this essay and other writings is a telling look at atheism as a religion, which is what it truly is.

    “For none deny, there is a God, but those, for whom it maketh that there were no God. It appeareth in nothing more, that atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man, than by this; that atheists will ever be talking of that their opinion, as if they fainted in it, within themselves, and would be glad to be strengthened, by the consent of others. Nay more, you shall have atheists strive to get disciples, as it fareth with other sects. And, which is most of all, you shall have of them, that will suffer for atheism, and not recant; whereas if they did truly think, that there were no such thing as God, why should they trouble themselves?”

  • I thought believers had all the holidays : )

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  • mmm . . . bacon . . .

  • The bottom picture makes complete sense. You people should have learned that in middle school biology. What doesn’t make sense is how a man (god) was created from nothing? Explain that without referencing the bible. Then we’ll talk.

  • Look up Prime Mover on the internet Kevin and learn about the debate on that topic that has echoed through the centuries. What is depicted at the bottom of this post is an atheist “Just so” fable. How the natural came about without reference to a supernatural Supreme Being is a question that science has not answered, and probably is unable to ever answer.

  • Atheists don’t believe in God.

    But, some of them believe in ET, bigfoot, and, (many) that the state (supreme being) can (somehow, magically) provide for all of their earthly needs.

    I once was talking with an (I think) atheist with whom I hunt in the Adirondacks. The topic was me shooting bigfoot (if I saw it). He became agitated and explained I should not do it. “It would really anger the aliens!”

    Go figure.