Catholic University Head mounts peerless argument against atheists

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Catholic University Head mounts peerless argument against atheists

A plague of atheists has descended, and Catholics are the target

GREG CRAVEN
November 4, 2009

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Attacking Christians is not really clever, witty or funny.

FROM time immemorial, this world has been troubled by plagues. From bogong moths in Canberra to frogs in biblical Egypt, unwelcome and unlovely creatures have the awkward habit of turning up in bulk.

Just now, we are facing one of our largest and least appealing infestations. Somewhat in advance of summer's blowflies, we are beset by atheists. Worse, they are not traditional atheists. These tended to be quiet blokes called Algie with ancillary interests in nudist ceramics, who were perfectly happy as long as you pretended to accept a pamphlet in Flinders Lane.

No, the new hobby atheist is as brash, noisy and confident as a cheap electric kettle. They want everyone to know that they have not found God, and that no one else should. Their particular target seems to be Catholics. On the surface, this is odd, as there are plenty of other religious targets just waiting to be saved from a vengeful, non-existent deity. Smaller herds, such as the Christadelphians or the Salvation Army, might seem more manageable. But the Catholic Church has two incomparable advantages as an object of the wrath of proselytising atheists. First, it is the biggie. Taking out the Catholics is the equivalent of nuking the Pentagon. Guerilla bands of Baptists and Pentecostals can be liquidated at leisure.

Second, the Catholics have the undeniable advantage that they do still demonstrably believe in something. Attacking some of the more swinging Christian denominations might mean upsetting people who believe a good deal less than the average atheist.

Mind you, the appeals of atheism as a diverting pastime are not immediately obvious to those of us who are on relatively easy terms with God. Why would anyone get so excited about the misconceptions of third parties as to the existence of a fourth party in which they themselves do not believe?

The answer is twofold. First, the great advantage of designer atheism is that you get to think of yourself as immensely clever. After all, you are at least much brighter than all those dumb-asses who believe in a supreme being, such as Sister Perpetua down the road, Thomas Aquinas, Isaac Newton and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So satisfying.

The second factor has to do with wit. For some reason, contemporary Australian atheism seems to consider itself terribly funny. Its proponents only have to wheel out one of the age-old religious libels to lose control of their bladders. To outsiders, of course, it is a bit like watching a giggling incontinent drunk at a party. This is not to say that believers - and perhaps especially Catholics - do not get seriously irritated by atheists. They do, but not because atheists are fearfully clever or Wildely funny.

Frankly, the prime reason the average believer finds the common or garden atheist as appealing as a holiday in Birchip is because they consign them to that sorry category of individuals who spend their lives loudly congratulating themselves on their own intelligence without noticing that no one else is joining the chorus. Thus, as a Catholic, I do not normally sense in some tabloid atheist the presence of a supreme discerning intellect. I simply place him or her in much the same pitiable bin of intellectual vulgarians as the chartered accountant who cannot see the art in Picasso, the redneck who cannot admit of indigenous culture, and the pissant who cannot see the difference between Yeats and Bob Ellis.

It is not deep perception we encounter here, but a critical failure of imaginative capacity. It is a bit like the old joke: how many atheists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None - no matter what they do, they just can't see the light.

The second wearying thing about the new atheism is that it is not new at all. It is so banally derivative of every piece of hate mail ever sent to God that I am amazed Satan has yet to sue for copyright infringement. No old chestnut is too ripe, rotten or sodden, especially when it comes to the Catholics as accredited suppliers of what apparently is the Christian equivalent of methamphetamine.

In an average week of atheistic bigotry in the Melbourne media, we can expect to learn that Catholics endorse child molestation, hate all other religions, would re-introduce the crusades and the auto de fe at the slightest opportunity, despise women, wish to persecute homosexuals, greedily divert public moneys for their own religious purposes, subvert public health care, brainwash children, and are masterminding the spread of the cane toad across northern Australia.

Applied to the average totalitarian dictatorship, this charge sheet would be over the top. Ascribed to virtually any ethnic minority, it rightly would result at least in public revulsion and quite possibly in criminal charges. But applied to Christians, it seems to be accepted as just another modern blood sport, like the vilification of refugees and the elimination of the private life of the families of public figures.

At the bottom, of course, lies hate. I am not quite clear why our modern crop of atheists hates Christians, as opposed to ignoring or even politely dismissing them, but they very clearly do. There is nothing clever, witty or funny about hate.

Greg Craven is vice-chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.

 

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This abysmal argument

 

Designed to put a broomstick through the spokes of Aussies atheists meeting in Melbourne in the next few weeks, is a sad piece of work.

You'd expect better from one of the leaders of a country's premier catholic educational institution. Then again, maybe you wouldn't.

Coming on the heels of the recent attacks on atheist websites here I would not be surprised to find the catholic church, once again, is putting

its dirty fingers into places they should not be...

 

 

 

 

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I don't know about Catholics

I don't know about Catholics in the rest of the world, but I find it funny when they cry foul in America when we criticize them. Jefferson had a lot to say about the trinity and equated the birth and death of Jesus as being magic. THAT was coming from a guy who was a deist. Jefferson liked the teachings of Jesus, but he also drew from Plato and Sheakespere(sp) too.

So if they want to attack atheists for blasphemy, at least in America, they would have to go after a fellow god believer in Jefferson, if they want to be consistent. And the guy who was responsible for the First Amendment said more than one time, that if you question and come to the conclusion that a god does not exist, that is ok too.

So go ahead Catholics, when you attack those who simply call for reason, you are attacking the concept of an open and free society where criticism is welcome and reason is called for.

 

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The poor bastard has

The poor bastard has mistaken cow pox for small pox. The virus has been whittling away at our species for thousands of years. We've just found the vaccine recently. Hardly a surprise that the vaccine mirrors some qualities of the virus. That's how vaccines work.

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I agree Brian - and isn't hate is an interesting topic

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At the bottom, of course, lies hate. I am not quite clear why our modern crop of atheists hates Christians, as opposed to ignoring or even politely dismissing them, but they very clearly do. There is nothing clever, witty or funny about hate.

Given that god hates our terrible sins so much he plans to undertake some pretty twisted shit on us in the afterlife. When it comes to hate I can only agree with Greg Craven. Listen to Greg, god, you sanctimonious git, there's nothing clever witty or funny about hate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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