And there in lies the problem, I'm an atheist and I don't even recognise what you are describing, that is what you "think" an atheist is (i.e. your misconception). My life is not at all pointless, I love my Veronica, I love my family, I love my friends, I love my dogs, I love learning new things, I love the voluntary patient rights work I do, I walk this earth in boyish wonder at the beauty that is everywhere, and yes I could go on.Jim_Jim_James wrote:Well, here is what I think atheism is. Modern popular atheism seems to be a modern incarnation of the 19th century principals of Popularism and Secular Humanism all based on a sort of crass materialism that has been driven to fever pitch which is now based around a series of Godheads like Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett. Forming what I see as a sort of fundamentalist secular religion preaching the deification of man and his assumed dominance of the natural, and apparently supernatural, world.
So I see atheism as a competing series of religious beliefs as opposed to the diametric opposite of my faith in Christianity. And on that point I would like to say that I have generally found adherents of atheism to possess a far more small minded and bigoted world view than many of the most fundamentalist Christians I know, and I know some fairly literal Christians.
I consider myself to be more of an....agnostic Christian that a biblical literalist. I accept the standard Christian principal that there is a God in heaven and a opposite to God in a hell and all that goes with that but I don't dismiss all other religions as being worthless but instead see them as differing interpretations of universal God. In that sense, considering my definition of atheism, I consider your religion to have some aspects of a universal God even if those aspects are arrived at through a flawed reasoning that puts man before God which I consider to be untrue.
POINTLESS, NO !!! where on earth you get that from is beyond me, truely. I was a believer, then I asked myself some difficult questions and became a non-believer, my personal philosophy and attitudes did not change in the slightest. I mention this as you wrote earlier about "philosophical implications...", well the philosophical implications of my not beliving in god, are, NONE.
I short atheists don't think life is pointless, YOU think that atheists think life is pointless. And it would appear that you are unshakable in that mistaken notion.