The Western Mind with Blinders
It is fascinating to me that this entire web site and the atheist movement in specific seem to from the standpoint of understanding religious traditions be philosophically or theologically,christologically,metaphysically ,ontologically simple minded.
Imagine Dr Dawkins for instance who knowledge of religion would get him a D in most upper division Religious studies classes still he waxes on and on about a subject he has a superficial knowledge of. Yet when critics of Darwinism come forward he has no problem labeling them "morons" or Pig ignorant".. Your "Rational Response squad has a rather self serving and self congratulatory name for itself. Who my Friends judges your rationality? I am not a theist but please remove the log from you eye before you attempt to remove the splinter from theirs
You are aware I hope that religion or spirituality is not confined to theism. Ever heard of Buddhism or Taosim or Jainism? Also was constitute the term God is a very different thing in many theologies and in fact some are in effect trans-personal,and mystical. Meister Eckhart once said the God you can speak of is not God. Dogen Zenji the founder of the Soto tradition of Japanese Zen said to study Buddhism is to study yourself,to study your self is to forget yourself. Likewise anther teacher said do not slander the sky by looking a through a pipe,and if you wish to know the truth then cease to cherish your own opinions.
Materialism is a meta-physic a concept a linguistic convention,there is no proof consciousness supervenes into physicalism. Nor that min dis the mere grinding of neural process's. In fact e even if you think the mind and brain are the same ,you have the problem of axion and synaptic interfaces at the subatomic level where time and space and the quantum enigma exist.
The Battle of atheism and theism is like the the two blind men describing an elephant and a tree trunk or a serpent because one grasps the trunk and the other the leg. Skeptics are not skeptical but true believers in the materialist paradigm unwilling to accept that there is no such thing as natural law that is as much an anthropomorphic overlay as God the creator is. Scientism is as metaphysically bound and emotionally irrational as any religious tradition.