A few years ago, the now Pope emeritus wanted to create a “dialog” with atheists… who aren’t strident in their lack of belief. Only, “noble atheists” were invited and to the Pope, that means that no atheists who are actually critical of the Catholic Church were welcome. Now Catholic bloggers have taken up a similar call for a “dialog.”
I put “dialog” in quotes because I am skeptical that is what they really want. It seems like they just want to gather atheists together and preach to us. We call that a “monolog” not a dialog.
Anyway, this new forum for Catholics to preach at atheists under the guise of “dialog” is called, “StrangeNotions.com.” Guess where the name comes from? If you guessed the infallible word of the creator of the universe for the impartial name for this “dialog” then you are completely wrong. It comes from the Bible.
So here is the “Strange Notion,” a bunch of Catholic bloggers who are well versed in classical Christian and Catholic philosopher will write a bunch of articles trying to convert atheists and we are supposed to read them and not laugh our asses off. Oh, they say that they will publish some atheist writers down the road, but I am betting that it will be just some strawman atheist writer with bad arguments. If I’m wrong, I will freely admit it and be pleasantly surprised.
As for the Catholic writers, it seems they want to dazzle us with how smart and progressive they are without actually providing any real evidence for their positions. The arguments will no doubt be the standard C.S. Lewis variety dressed up as something intellectual.
In any case, I invite you to go over there to give them something to think about. I might even submit and article or two myself and see if they publish it.
- Atheists Are Everywhere! (skepticink.com)
- Atheist Values (skepticink.com)
- Arrest of atheist bloggers inspires protests in Bangladesh (examiner.com)
- Why Advocating For Atheism Is Important (skepticink.com)
- Interfaith: The very name is exclusive (examiner.com)