Anti-atheist article in American Thinker
I just read an awful anti-atheist article by Bruce Walker on American Thinker.com. For a thinker, he really seems to have overlooked some key facts. Here's my take on the piece, which I have sent in to the site as a rebuttal.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/11/the_godless_delusion.htmlThe article "The Godless Delusion" by Bruce Walker is filled with erroneous statements and ideas that are without basis in fact. I feel compelled to comment."There is evil in the world because people choose evil. Each of us has a conscience." As if we choose tsunamis, hurricanes, cancer, or car accidents. "All people - especially militant anti-theists - are religious." What is the creed of the anti-theist religion? What are its rituals? Expressing yourself on the subject of God and religion isn't following a religion."No crimes of Judeo-Christians remotely approaches the holocausts of Aztecs, Japanese, Nazis, atheist Russia or atheist Japan." Hello, the crusades? The Spanish Inquisition? Someone hasn't seen the Crimeline of Christian Atrocities: http://www.buckcash.com/opinions/temp/Christian_Crimeline.htm."What of the new god, Science? One of the most compelling facts of science is that it debunks itself." What? Is this guy using a computer and posting on the internet? These things exist thanks to scientific applications of learned knowledge. Does this guy refuse to go to the hospital when he's sick? Science created the medicine and equipment that are used to help him."One might think that those who worship science would wake up." Who "worships" science? This silly ad-hominem is barely worth responding to, other than to explain that "Natural science and social science are empirical sciences, which means the knowledge must be based on observable phenomena and capable of being experimented for its validity by other researchers working under the same conditions." No worship required, just rigorous testing using the scientific method."Without God, we cannot even imagine anything good (if you doubt that, try to imagine Heaven.) Those who reject God suffer from the Godless Delusion." Millions of nonbelievers emphatically disagree. Atheists and others without religion are outspoken about their happiness and satisfaction with life. As an atheist, I can imagine many good things, I do not need to believe in supernatural entities in order to find goodness and meaning in life.Bruce Walker's article is little more than a rant, complete with unsupported assertions and snide prejudice. It is a shame to see the publication of such a misguided and mistaken invective.