Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The New Atheism: Proselytizing in the Name of the Void

There's a new ethos in atheism nowadays, one not content with merely ignoring those who believe in God or even in presenting a porcupine defense of their position when riled by the religious. No, the new move is towards promotion of their...uh, faith.

Mike Hostetler pointed out this article to me from Wired Magazine and, though long and a bit exasperating, it is important to note. The article describes this new approach as a kind of atheistic evangelism -- excepting, of course, that there's no particularly "good news" in the belief that man is simply a chaotic combination of time, chance and dead matter with mind, emotion, love, heroism, ideals, hope, etc., all being tragic illusions.