I am an atheist. As a fairly open and active atheist, I am exposed to a lot of arguments for, against, and about religion. There is one particular idea that crops up in these arguments rather frequently that disturbs me, and unfortunately it comes from my own group.
My fellow atheists, I would like to talk to you about “crazy”.
The word crazy is a fairly common descriptor for just about anything a particular individual disagrees with or finds incomprehensible. In the case of atheism, that would be religion, and there are two main ways I have seen religion and religious people described as crazy. The first is a plain comparison between religious beliefs and mental illness, for example readers may be familiar with “The God Delusion”, and the other is more mindless: the speaker is simply accustomed to declaring things they don’t agree with to be “crazy” (which, again, is fairly common). There are a number of things that are seriously wrong with this, and I am going to try to go through them in the order in which I think readers will care. Continue reading
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