Dan Gardner, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Saturday, May 05, 2007
Yesterday was one major religion's holy day. Today is another's. Tomorrow is a third's. So I thought this is an opportune moment to say I think all three of these faiths -- these mighty institutions, these esteemed philosophies, these ancient and honoured traditions -- are ridiculous quackery. Parted seas. Walking corpses. Nocturnal visits to Heaven. For goodness sake, people, the talking wolf in Little Red Riding Hood is more plausible.
So ... when we come right down to the basis of the atheist's fanatical argument, it sounds a lot like this ...
If you claim that something is true, I will examine the evidence which supports your claim; if you have no evidence, I will not accept that what you say is true and I will think you a foolish and gullible person for believing it so.
Now THAT'S REAL Fanaticism for ya!
There more to the story ...
If you're a Christian, you do not accept that Allah is the name of god and Mohamed is his messenger. If you are a Muslim, there can be no other way. If you are a Muslim, Christ was not the son of god and an integral part of a trinity what made him one with god. Christ was merely a prophet among prophets. Animists worships rocks and trees and mountains, believing in their god-ness, a god-ness that the rest of us dismiss. No one believes in Zeus or Woton anymore, but they are the names of gods that commanded worship for centuries in western history. Ra, Isis, Baal, Mithra, Quetzalquatal, ... the list of gods is almost endless and we are all "atheistic" about all of these gods.
An atheist just goes one god further.