Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The negativity of atheism

Some people accuse atheists of being only negative.  They question whether atheists stand for anything positive.  The fact is that we do. For example, we stand for science and reason.

Nevertheless, there is a negative component to atheism.  By its name, it is a negation of something -- theism. However, is that so bad?

As Robert G. Ingersoll observed, "the more false we destroy the more room there will be for the true."  Sometimes, atheists do need to destroy the false (e.g., intelligent design) in order to make room for the true (e.g., evolution by natural selection).  While this may be perceived as negative, it is actually a critical step in the advancement of knowledge, even if it isn't always appreciated at the time.

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