Observations

Atheism’s biggest weakness is that it is by necessity parasitic. It has no power in and of itself to form societies, ground morality, or undergird belief systems. Given this lack of self-sufficiency, it arises in already established cultures on the pretense of intellectual progress. But pervasive atheism is never the future, it is always the final act of a fading civilization.

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8 Responses to Observations

  1. I’m curious: what are your values? What are the indicators of a “good and just” society? Compassion? Sexual restraint? Praying to the right god? Discipline? I’m just looking at the history of mankind and wondering what society reflects the values ours apparently lacks.

  2. jackhudson says:

    James,

    I don’t think one can answer the question “What are the indicators of a ‘good and just society’ ” unless one has a moral standard by which to measure one set of values over another. My biggest concern isn’t actually that people happen to act in one way or another in a particular place in time, but that atheism provides no way even begin to answer such a question. Atheists are fond of saying that atheism ‘isn’t normative’ as if that is a defense of atheism, when in fact that is an indictment of atheism.

    The reality is, as we become more secular, we have less moral clarity. It’s not that we are less moral, it’s that the secular generation can’t even describe why they make the moral decisions they do.

  3. John says:

    I would suggest that the recent Avatar film was a necessary parable for our time.

    A short precis of the film

    Having already “created” a dying planet, just like we have, the obviously godless techno-barbarian invaders were compelled by the inexorable “logic” and momentum of their “culture” of death to invade and plunder a virgin planet, and exterminate the natives if necessary.

    Just like we always have. As this image shows in very stark terms

    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~spanmod/mural/panel13.html

    What was interesting about the film was the fact that all of those on the right side of the culture wars, including and especially those that presume to be religious, came out in support of the techno-barbarian invaders and their “culture” of death.

    The above image was featured in the book The Pentagon of Power by Lewis Mumford. A book which describes the origins and historical developments of the Western drive to gain total power and control over every one and every thing.
    What Mumford called the Myth of the Machine or the Invisible Mega-Machine. The archetypal Myth which has always energized, and now patterns all of Western Civilization, and thus by extension the entire world.

    The “culture” of death rules!

  4. jackhudson says:

    I always thought the plot of Avatar was a thinly veiled rip-off of Dances With Wolves.

  5. Justin says:

    What was interesting about the film was the fact that all of those on the right side of the culture wars, including and especially those that presume to be religious, came out in support of the techno-barbarian invaders and their “culture” of death.

    I must have missed this. Have a source? Seems to be quite the broad brush you have there.

  6. Tristan Vick says:

    Actually, it arises because of intellectual progress and the foundation of free thinking in the face of disappearing superstitions.

    Or as the late great Robert G. Ingersoll has pointed out, “The intellectual advancement of man depends upon how often he can exchange an old superstition for a new truth.”

  7. jackhudson says:

    There is no such thing as a ‘new truth’.

  8. Justin says:

    “Actually, it arises because of intellectual progress and the foundation of free thinking in the face of disappearing superstitions.”

    Free thinking, lol. I laugh every time I see a flock of atheists use the same 1,000 year-old arguments and then turn around and call themselves “free thinkers”.

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