Friggin kids make me crazy. What am I reading? The Devil’s Delusion – Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions by David Berlinski. It’s an amusing read, written by a secular Jew. It throws a number of zingers at the new breed of militant atheists – Dawkins, Stenger, etc.
With apologies to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, et al, here is my take (after getting half way through the book) on the Christian/atheistic divide. The players fall into one of 5 categories.
- Simpleton Christians. Often smug and annoying. I avoid them.
- Christians who have studied the bible’s storyline, understand the absurdity of its arc, yet stand unwavering in their belief. These are people of great faith.
- Simpleton atheists. Sometimes smug and annoying. I don’t avoid them. If I did, I would have few friends.
- Scientific (studied) atheists. If they’re honest, they too understand the absurdity of their premise, which makes them people of great faith.
- Agnostics. The slacker choice!
As embarrassing as I find Christians and Christianity, I fall into category #2.