Addendum: There have been some lively comments in response to the post below, but there seem to be misapprehensions that 1) I am calling all Atheists fundamentalists, and that 2) I am defending Abrahamic faiths, or that this blog is about Abrahamic faiths.
This is not so.
First, I am talking specifically about intolerance – when it appears among Atheists. Extremists (who are often marked by intolerance) are found in every group, and Atheists are no exception.
If you are Atheist and tolerant of other people’s religious and spiritual beliefs, then this article is NOT about you.
If you feel it could be about you, well, then try to take home the message of the golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have done to you’.
Second, please read “About the Author” And “About Helleneste kai Grammateus” before posting.
Thank you. Now for the post…
I read a new term today: “Fundamentalist Atheists” referenced in KCRW’s The New Atheists.
The label is meant for those who don’t believe in any deity (soft or hard) and view the influence of any religion or spirituality as a threat to reason and science and fight back. They believe that religion inherently fosters ignorance and war and fight aggressively against beliefs in anything spiritual. Theirs is called the New Atheism movement.
I would agree that one can be Atheist and be Fundamentalist about it. One doesn’t have to believe in spirituality in order to be so adamant about that belief (or non-belief if you prefer) to proselytize and show intolerance. Continue reading