Carnival of the Godless #111
The Atheist Blogger has the 111th running of the Carnival of the Godless. You should go over there and check it out. Two of its many articles especially jump out at me.
((((((((((Billy)))))))))) the Atheist has an article about yet another attempt to find Noah’s Ark. Those people crack me up. Clinging desperately to a delusional fantasy is bad enough. Donating buttloads of money to some faux-archaeologist so he can go on a merry vacation and pretend to look for something that never existed is über-bonkers. I haven’t written about Noah’s Ark myself lately, but when I do, I always get some nutball fundie trolls leaving outraged comments. Be sure to read the comments that Billy gets. Some are pretty funny.
Greta Christina has quite a thoughtful post about Atheism and the “Shut Up, That’s Why” Arguments. She says they aren’t really arguments against atheism. They’re just attempts to squelch the conversation completely. She identifies eight:
- Don’t you have anything better to do? (and its variants)
- Religion is based on faith, not reason.… [I]t’s not fair to expect it to compete on the same level.
- Why do you care what other people believe?
- Religion is personal and private. I don’t see why we have to talk about this.
- Atheists are so superior. They act like they’re so much smarter than believers, and they think they’re right about everything.
- Atheists are so whiny.
- I’m so tired of hearing about atheism. Can’t you give it a rest?
- Can’t we just get along? Can’t we agree to disagree? Neither of us can prove our side with 100% certainty…,
The one I get the most on this blog is “Why do you care what other people believe?” I got it again just yesterday, in fact. Greta answers that one with:
Atheists care what believers believe, because people act on their beliefs. Beliefs have consequences in the real world. And that includes religious beliefs.
Be sure to check out at least the two articles I’ve mentioned above. Then be sure to go over to The Atheist Blogger and find some more good articles.