Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Am I missing something?
First, we live in a country with free speech, and I wouldn't have it any other way. You wanna put up a billboard touting atheism - go ahead. (You wanna put up a billboard that bashes particular religious beliefs....then we got a problem....)
Second, I went to this website. I think I must be missing something. One of their "course offerings" is designed to help people confront the challenges of living a non-theistic/secular lifestyle in a world dominated by religious belief and pseudoscience. Huh? We're living in a world dominated by religious belief? Where?
Let's see. Maybe that religious domination in obvious in our culture. We could watch MTV's VMAs for proof. Uh, no, not there.
Maybe we could look to politics. Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney - those folks are NEVER ridiculed for their religious beliefs. Uh, nope, that's not it.
One million young people gathered in Spain to celebrate their Catholic faith. The press wouldn't concentrate on a small group of protesters, right - 'cause we live in a world dominated by religious beliefs. Suuuuure.....
Look, if you want to try and live your life "without God", go ahead. I think it's silly, and dangerous, and rather muddle-headed. It's like saying you're going to try and live without air, because there is air pollution. Yes, people have done bad things in the name of religion. People have been hurt and scarred by folks claiming to know the will of God. Yet, God is good, even when people aren't, and He exists. Better than that, He loves all of us, even wrong-thinking atheists who believe that "free thinking" means that humans somehow weren't made, they just 'are', and that we invented "good".
One of their course offerings is described this way:
What Is the Meaning of Life? If there is no supreme meaning or design for everything, people
can still live meaningful, ethical, and satisfying lives.
Bull feathers, as my mom would say. If there is no supreme meaning, then what the heck am I doing? Why should I bother watching out for anyone but myself? Why bother at all?
Okay, I said I'm not gonna get worked up, and I'm not. Mostly I'm just sad. Show me a happy atheist, who looks forward to death with joyful hope, and I'll get worked up. Until then, I'm gonna keep plodding along my religious path.