I’d just like to congratulation Nick Matzke for having apparently replaced Daniel Dennett in the four horsemen of the atheist apocalypse, at least according to Gil Dodgen in one of the silliest essays I’ve ever read. I’ll give you his whole argument:
“Atheism is closed-minded to the truth of Christianity, while Christianity is open-minded to the truth of Christianity. So Christianity is better. And I used to be an atheist, so you have to believe me.”
Not remotely convincing. I used to be a Christian; that does not mean my current position must be true. But the part that jumped out at me was his choice of exemplars of atheism:
It is interesting that devout/militant atheists, like I once was, seem to have no doubts about their philosophical commitment and worldview. Just ask the Illuminati of the “new atheist” movement (Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, et al) — or our good UD friend Nick Matzke — and they will tell you that there is absolutely no question that materialistic processes can explain everything…
I therefore put myself in the camp of legitimate skeptics, as a former mindless Dawkins clone with a bunch of Hitchens, Harris and Matzke thrown in for good measure…
The really interesting thing is that my liberation from the Dawkins-Hitchens-Harris-Matzke nihilistic stupor in which I lived and suffered for so many years was to a great extent the result of my interest in science, mathematics, and engineering.
Congratulations, Nick. You’re moving up in the world.