Atheism’s Little Idea

A fantastic, lengthy piece that I think you should all read about how contemporary atheism is just missing the point and has nothing much to say :)

Atheism’s Little Idea.


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4 responses to “Atheism’s Little Idea”

  1. Stuart says :

    I’m a huge fan of Hoffman and had to blog this one a few days ago and now I have atheists discussing the nature of atheism ;-)

    I’ve received some flak on Twitter and had to delete some comments and the irony is they were acting very much according to the stereotype that Hoffman so dislikes.

    They couldn’t see that irony of course….

  2. ethan gjerset quillen says :

    Good (long) post. However, singling out a certain group of individuals who polemically attack religion and then shifting their actions and beliefs into an umbrellic definition of “Atheism” really just insults the rest of us who don’t think that way. You know, like an anti-Atheist would do. Or, in a like-minded critique: “the way those “Christians” all hate us for what we believe.” It’s best to remind oneself that not everyone agrees with what may be popular or financially successful (New Atheism), and that, to be fair, there are not little ideas, just certain people with small minds.

  3. Chris says :

    Oh of course… you know I agree with you on that one. I don’t think he is targeting ‘atheists’ though… being an atheist himself. Rather, he’s after the shouty preachy folk who haven’t actually looked at what the other side have to say before rebutting… I think…

  4. Stuart says :

    I agree with you both. I would say that it behooves us all – Atheist and Christian – to robustly stand against our fundamentalist, intellectually lazy, big mouthed and ill-informed brethren.

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