The 2010 global atheists convention was in Melbourne last week. It could well turn out to be the best thing for theism that happens this year.
Moderate, fair-minded commentators couldn't fail to notice how the convention was full of arrogance and insults, and light on content. Here's some links:
- No faith in their hatred - Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, March 17
- Dawkins preaches to the deluded against the divine - Melanie Phillips, The Australian, March 16
- The barbarian of our Age - Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, march 16
- Atheists’ ridicule won’t win friends and influence people - Barney Zwartz, The Age, March 16
- Barbarian savages Christians - Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, March 15
- Dawkins delivers the sermon they came to hear - Barney Zwartz, The Age, March 15
Melanie Phillips says:
For someone who has made a career out of telling everyone how much more tolerant the world would be if only religion were obliterated from the human psyche, Dawkins manages to appear remarkably intolerant towards anyone who disagrees with him... the arch-hater of religious intolerance himself behaves with the zeal of a religious fundamentalist and, despite excoriating religion for stifling debate, does this in spades.
[W]hy do leading atheists, so sure of their superior morality, feel licensed to be meaner than leading Christians? Is this what morally superior people do when God has gone? In that case, bring God back.
They dug a pit in my path - but they have fallen into it themselves.
2 Timothy 2:24-25
24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.