Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Steve Neumann's bizarre "Atheist Positivity Challenge"

My most recent article on Friendly Atheist deals with Steve Neumann's "Atheist Positivity Challenge." Neumann issued the challenge in a Salon.com article (entitled "Cut it out, atheists! Why it's time to stop behaving like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins"). The article is problematic on a number fronts. Neumann understates the impact of people like (mega-church pastor) Mark Driscoll; he wrongly assumes that atheists criticize the Driscolls of the world simply to "gloat" about the "lunacy" of specific Christians; and he worries that pointing out the misdeeds of specific Christians will falsely represent all Christians -- while citing quotes from Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins to illustrate how this is a problem with Atheism.

At any rate, I address all of this and more at the link, and also provide a lot of sources to illustrate why, exactly, Driscoll isn't just an "outlier" who should be ignored. Check it out if you're interested.

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