I begin with a disclaimer. Until very recently, I’ve never had reason to study atheism. But, I’ve also not really had much reason to study the problematic parts of Christianity, either.
Over the past few months, I’ve been introduced to a world that I knew existed, but that I’ve never truly visited. On my journey to where I find myself, I looked into other world religions, but I never really questioned whether or not God existed. It’s never been a question to me. What I questioned was Christianity’s brand of God. But then I experienced God, and saw Him work in so many lives that I questioned Him no longer.
Now I find myself listening to and reading the likes of Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. They are both really smart guys, I have to give them that. They are well-spoken and argue well. But I have a problem with their narrow (to say the least) viewpoints. I have a problem with the fact that they demean those with whom they disagree. I find it quite humorous and ironic that they talk about the violence of religion yet speak in such hateful terms about all religions. I understand being vehemently against something…I am a very passionate person. But what I don’t understand is how people can take the words of these men seriously. It seems to me that they are not trying to do good…they are simply trying to tear down not only the beliefs of people, but the people who hold those beliefs. Condescending, ascerbic people are not confident people…quite the opposite.
I think that this is going to turn into a series…I’ve promised my friend that I would read The End of Faith. Maybe I’ll encounter a few points worth discussing rather than ranting about. Here’s hoping I don’t have a heart attack first. 🙂 (You love me still, right?)