Humanism: The origins of bigotry towards Atheism?
I keep hearing the same drone from theists, towards atheists, and 'atheism'.
The 'ism' part, didn't make sense to me since I've become involved in active atheism (no pun intended)
I've been reading a bit about the Middle Ages, particularly around the 14th century, where a 'Humanism' movement, appears to have originated from.
I notice a lot of epithets from theists, that seemed to attack ideas that were expressed by Italian philosopher Count Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, that were of 'self indulgence'.
Such quotes as:
"The generosity of God! The happiness of man! To man it is allowed to be whatever he chooses to be!"
It seems during the Humanist Era, there was a marked shift in devotions to beauty and form. Both of human forms, and of nature. An indulgence in the Arts, and to literature.
Other things historians see, is a marked shift in the devotions to 'individuality' and the encouragement of free thinking, and scientific inquiry.
It seems to me, that, modern theists, seem to resent atheists, who have the same indulgences, and devotions.
It really seems to me, that theists would like all of us to regress to those bronze age times of the Inquisition.
So, do think that in the eyes of theists, there is a direct correlation between Humanism and Atheism, and why they seem to treat them as if it's a cohesive movement?
I keep asking myself " Are they just playin' stupid, or are they just plain stupid?..."
"To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy" : David Brooks
" Only on the subject of God can smart people still imagine that they reap the fruits of human intelligence even as they plow them under." : Sam Harris