As is my habit, I look at various posts on WordPress with the words “atheist” and “atheism” to see what the chatter out there is like. Most post are by Christians who are very afraid of us atheists. To the point they choose to lie to support their fear. They try so hard to make believe that all atheists are nihilists to drive people into their imaginary god’s arms.
Fair warning, this post is long since the truth takes more time and space than lies.
In this episode, we have Christians, Presbyterians like I used to be, intentionally misrepresenting quotes from atheists. Let’s compare what they have with the real quote in context and with what Christianity says about humans.
“What do atheists think about the universe and our little race of advanced primates?
Hear them speak: “The human race is not special.”– Geoff Dawson, opinion piece, ABC news (Australia)”
This comes from this article here. Now, what we can read from the actual article is:
“We’re not special
As human beings, we need to remind ourselves that we are oxygen-breathing biped mammals.
In other words, we are animals. Evolutionary science demonstrates that we are continuous, not discontinuous, with other animal species
If one’s view of the world is based on science, we are not special, we were not placed here by a God to be the custodians of the Earth (and if we were, we have let the Almighty down big time!) and like all other species, we will have our place in the sun. The myth that we are somehow special and will continue to live forever as a dominant species is based on a deluded human-centric form of existential narcissism.”
It goes on to say how great it is that we are indeed humans, even if we aren’t “special”.
“When we embrace the end, our lives are more vibrant
This means the adults learning to calm themselves in the face of their own inevitable mortality. The practice of mindfulness and the contemplation of one’s own death is one beneficial way to do this.
When we embrace the end, our lives are more vibrant
This means the adults learning to calm themselves in the face of their own inevitable mortality. The practice of mindfulness and the contemplation of one’s own death is one beneficial way to do this.”
Now, let’s look at what the bible says about humans.
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a menstrual rags.
We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” – Isaiah 64.
This is the same nonsense we see in the NT where we’re told that humans are dogs unless they worship the Christian god. The bible ends where this god murders all non-christians and then works with Satan to corrupt the Christians that are left (Revelation 19-21) That’s quite a god that the Christians have, not caring about humans at all unless they constantly praise it.
“The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”
– Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden”
Unsurprisingly, this is taken out of context. This is what comes before: Continue reading “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – quote mining by Christians”