So apparently, the problem with Atheism is the fact that Atheists are optimistic...

And it has to do with Dawkin's slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

And the author of this Huffington Post article is saying that Christians focus on those people that can't enjoy life because of drugs, an abusive household, being homeless, or whatever other struggles they have

And that instead of telling them to just cheer up, they actually go out and try to help them.

I guess by saying Don't Worry, God Loves You. He Wouldn't Put You Through This If He Knew You Couldn't Handle It.

Now, this annoys the hell out of me.

There is such hypocrisy in this article.

All I hear from Christians on FaceBook is Be Happy! Life Is Beautiful! God Is Great!

But yet, Atheists say the same thing, to Enjoy Life, and they get criticized by Christians for saying the exact same thing they are saying.

Are You Kidding Me!!!

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Comment by Ed on October 16, 2012 at 10:05pm

Mr. Wallace made some rather dubious statements, especially considering his background in physics and astronomy.

This sanguinity is likely drawn from science, which is without question the most optimistic enterprise ever concocted by human beings."

Science is concocted? Really? I believe it's foundations are a little more firm than concocted.

Sure I feel bad for the down and out druggie but my life's mission is not defined by the unfortunate twists of fate for those around me. Life is and can be a glass half full. Come to speak of it my wine glass is almost empty. Refill!!!!

Comment by SteveInCO on October 16, 2012 at 11:52pm

On the other hand, Kris, it isn't the purpose of science to make people feel happy, it is to figure out how the world works and what it actually is.

Castigating science as incomplete because it isn't a philosophy that makes people feel happy is like complaining that your car won't toast the bread properly.

Comment by Unseen on October 17, 2012 at 12:51pm

Yet science as a philosophy is incomplete. It wears blinders and refuses to acknowledge whole classes of questions that are important to people everywhere, questions of good and evil, and of human weakness, and of meaning. And it seems that New Atheism, in its wholesale dependence upon science as a philosophy, imports science's blinders -- bound as they are to its optimism -- into its overall worldview. And this is where the problem lies.

Atheism does not depend entirely on science. For example, the existential atheists don't base their atheism on a scientific analysis but rather on the dishonesty of the religious worldview, based as it is on false hopes and fanciful inventions. 


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