Dealing With Aggressive Disbelief

One of the most draining things about my job is dealing with constant militant atheism. It’s not the entertaining sort of atheism I encounter when blogging – the kind that usually comes from adults able to string two thoughts together with some sort of a logical connection. No, this is an atheistic fundamentalism that is supported with the sort of logic that is based in single unanswerable questions.

“God can’t be real because who were his parents?” “Science has proved there is no God because it was a Big Bang.” “God isn’t real because if he was we could see him.” “God can’t be true because it is just made up.”

They don’t even ask the difficult or probing questions. They are so convinced that the most facile questions prove the non-existence of God that they refuse to even listen to the simplest answers. They cannot conceive that their rhetorical questions could possibly have answers. They haven’t thought of an answer (not that they have tried, because they find the very thought of thinking about God revolting) so there cannot be an answer (or more than one).  I never cease to be amazed at the misplaced intellectual self-confidence of 13-year-olds.

Recently I tried to explain the problems with trying to prove a negative. Somehow, despite their mental superiority, they can’t grasp this.

Yet the worst is not the constant questions to which no answers are desired or heard. It is the anger, the aggression,  the vitriol behind this stream of anti-God sentiment.  I just can’t understand how so many children could be so angry about Someone who they don’t even believe exists. They want to blame Him for the ills of the world they insist He did not create nor does He sustain.

When they have to learn about anyone who does believe in God or why they do, the militancy and anger gets reaches new heights. Many of them cannot even read from a textbook without inserting commentary phrase by phrase about how what or who they have read is rubbish.

I suppose it is fortunate I only have to put up with this five days a week.

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3 Responses to “Dealing With Aggressive Disbelief”

  1. scaryreasoner Says:

    When very few people are atheists — as in the U.S. — the ones that are atheists tend to be intelligent. Not without exception, but for the most part. As the proportion of people who aren’t religious in a population rises, this tends to be less true.

    The problem is not that atheists or religious people are stupid. The problem is that people are stupid. This is not fixable.

  2. morsec0de Says:

    That depends, Scary. Are people stupid, (certainly some are) or are they ignorant and/or deluded?

    I think a much larger percentage are merely ignorant than stupid, which can be fixed. Not easily, of course, and especially not when paired with delusion and unjustified confidence. But it is possible.

  3. sol Says:

    I deal with a lots of deluded people who have an unjustified confidence in the empiricism of their own limited life experience as conclusive proof of cosmological reality. In the case of 13-year-olds, we are talking about a very limited life experience coupled with massive confidence.

    They cannot fathom that extremely intelligent and educated adults can, in fact, be theists.


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