Why can’t people accept definitions without having to create new ones? An atheist is without God, and many of them are actually opposed to theism, and the doctrines and dogma surrounding it. This is anti-theism, so why do we need the ridiculous ‘new atheism’, or ‘militant atheism’, or ‘fundamentalist atheism’?
We’ve all heard about the ‘four horsemen’ of new atheism. Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. They are all published authors, and are particularly vocal about their opinions, but is this not just a sign of the times, with social media and the internet being able to spread word around easier? They all share the opinion that there is no supernatural or divinity, and that morality is secular, and a social necessity, and belief in Gods is irrational. I fail to see what’s new about that.
One of the things that really makes my skin crawl is when theologians, and theists claim that new atheism is evangelical.
Evangelicalism comes from the Greek word εὐαγγέλιον, and is heavily linked to the four evangelists, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, and literally means gospel. Evangelism is essentially warning people of sin, and its consequences. So what exactly has that got to do with atheism?
Everything that ‘new atheists’ stand for is what atheists throughout history have stood for. They are against indoctrination, or forced belief onto children, or the vulnerable. They claim that faith is blind obedience without any proof, and is unjustifiable. They also claim that due to the lack of reasonable, logical, and rational evidence, then obviously there’s a severe element of delusion, and that perhaps theists only believe in the belief of God. They think that every society should be secular, and that religious devotion is primitive, unreliable, and belongs in the dark ages, not modern society.
New atheists tend to rely on evidence based science to back of their arguments about theism lacking any genuine foundation, other than the Bible and speculation. This is just atheism. There is absolutely nothing new about it. They’ve just thought about it more than your average non-believer.