Cleopas the Atheist

The New Oxonian

The dilemma for thoughtful people who find much to commend in serious unbelief is brought about by unthoughtful and (often) unserious people. Even if their intentions are good (as in nice, not naughty) their tactics are terrible. I quote me:

My real quibble with redivivus atheism is that it has taken a sideshow approach to a subject that ought to be viewed and debated seriously. Atheism, as such, is an intellectual position, not a moral philosophy. But sideshow atheism is neither. Blasphemy Days, sloganeering, bus campaigns, unbaptisms, video challenges, cartoon contests — whatever motivates this activity (bonding, boredom, or the lust to be noticed?), it is not of a kind nor quality that does atheists any good. If instead of arguing their case, the atheist strategy for growth was to build the world’s most repulsive bogeyman, they have done a good job.

I am not even certain why…

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One thought on “Cleopas the Atheist

  1. Hi Joe,

    I am a former BTh Westminster student (old!) and am trying to contact you. I sent an email to the Keble mail but perhaps you never got it. Have followed your blog for years. Hope you reply,

    Eileen Bourke

    Sent from my iPad

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