How not to evangelise to an atheist: Secularism is Atheism part five

If you haven’t yet, read this or this post won’t make sense.

Countries that were once Christian have become secular (atheistic) in their public institutions. How has this happened? I think there are several factors:

1. The invention of a creation myth that allowed for aggressive atheism. This is cosmic evolution….

2. This materialistic creation myth took over the universities because it appealed to thee intellectual pride that thrives in such institutions…

From Creation Magazine, Vol. 37 No. 1 2015

When I read that, I am affronted. To claim the generally accepted scientific theories were invented by evil atheists with an agenda, and accepted due to intellectual pride, is to write off thousands of people who devoted their lives to a sincere, honest search for the truth, and were prepared to risk vilification, loathing, and often physical harm for it. It’s to basically defecate on the principle of approaching a question with a heartfelt effort to leave your preconceived notions and biases at the door.

The crowning glory is that this insult is dished out by people who examine the world from the platform of a foregone conclusion, who then twist everything to fit their already made up minds. I so often think, when hearing creationists’ views, that it’s so easy for them to assign some hidden agenda to atheists and scientists because they can believe something of others which is true of them. You have an agenda to preach Jesus with your pursuit of “science”. That doesn’t mean everyone else has an agenda with their pursuits, other than the end of the pursuit itself.

There is little hope that any creationist will ever realise the staggering arrogance of that quote. What I hope might be possible, though, is to bring some understanding of the thoughts which go through others’ minds when you say something like that. You’re not in a million years going to win an atheist over by making a statement which to them sounds arrogant, ignorant, and insulting.

Try something else.

4. Meanwhile secularists promoted mass immigration from countries that had no Christian ethos. Then they argued that Christian content had to be removed from public life because it might offend someone who was not a Christian. Complaints from the actual immigrants was rare…

I’m not sure I even need to say anything about that. I’m tempted to let it stand as a testament to the mindset of Creation Magazine, but in case you can’t see it…

Where do you even begin, though? The entitlement mindset, the arrogance, the staggering narrow-mindedness, the stench of racism. I suppose the first thing to point to, shaking my head, is the persistent idea that atheists are this mighty organisation with huge powers. That must be why the UK has just introduced a new bill that would bring prayer back into council meetings. That must be part of the evil atheists’ evil plot.

It can’t possibly be that atheists are simply people who want to be left alone, to quietly live their lives without interference. It can’t possibly be that people started grumbling about religion in schools because they got fed up with having their kids force fed stuff they don’t agree with. It can’t possibly be that they don’t care one way or the other what you teach your kids, as long as you don’t force that on their kids.

It can’t possibly be that scientists started realising over time that the Christian creation myth simply doesn’t hold water, and with great upheaval and sometimes enormous personal anguish had to accept the truth.

This is one of the best take-downs of a creationist I have ever heard. The caller is someone who works with evolution every single day, sees it with his own eyes, knows his stuff and calls Kent Hovind on his stupidity.

 Next: Whale Shark Mystery

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