Sunday, June 2, 2013

Critique of Atheism #1: Not Just Against Things

"The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own."

-Edmund Burke, A Vindication of Natural Society.

A common criticism from theists is that atheists, by our very name, are defining ourselves as what we're against. If this is really true, I think it's a completely valid objection.

So what are your values? What are your goals? What are you for? Can you say this concisely if someone asks you point blank? You don't have to get bogged down in something everyone would sign on to - it can just be your own answer. (That's one of many reasons why we're not a religion). Yes, it's a bit intimidating but after all, we're the rationalists. The bar should be high for us.

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