The Parliament of World Religions met 3 months ago in Melbourne and now the atheists have got together for a Global Atheism Conference also in Melbourne. It does seem that they are rather reactionary: they are in Melbourne against God and against religious people!
There seems to be an atheist love for bus signs: I have seen the bus in Hobart – Atheism bus sighted in Hobart – and now by chance (could it be otherwise?!) I am in Melbourne when the atheists decide to have a jamboree; and the bus sign is in Melbourne – Bus advertising just the ticket for atheists.
Atheism – a fizzer or fantastic? by the atheist Dick Gross in his Godless Gross blog has an interesting Ten Atheistic Commandments. He also remarks on the unscholarly way in which atheists treat religion. While frequently Christians frustrated by the superficiality of atheists’ comments on religion make this observation, until now I have not heard it from an atheist. So, congratulations to Dick. It is gratifying to read an atheist say,
Our advocates are often unpopular outside the tent. And it is true, we deploy the “Straw Man Syndrome”. We simplify and homogenise faith into the worst examples and that is unfair. We never acknowledge the leadership of faith in culture, in philanthropy and art. We too often characterise all belief as suicide bombers, homophobes and female circumcisers. We are an alienating bunch who are a bit up ourselves
Interesting article on state and federal politicians who are atheists includes,
As for (Greens) federal leader Bob Brown, he is a ”lapsed Presbyterian”. But adding weight to the suggestion that the Greens have turned the crusade for the environment into a faith, Mr Brown’ s office said his religion was ”believing the fate of the Earth is in our hands”. Amen.
The Melbourne Anglican has put together an excellent special edition in The Case for God. A very fine resource.