Irony: An Atheist on ‘Skeptics’

March 23rd, 2009

As a follow-up on my brief entry about the irony of the term “free-thinker”, here’s an article from an atheist, lamenting the credulity of so-called “critical, skeptical people”.  This followed a lecture from Richard Carrier, related to his upcoming book arguing against the historicity of Jesus.

An excerpt:

It concerns me that so many people were convinced to reverse their position on the basis of a single, brief talk without (1) checking Carrier’s sources, (2) reading other scholars on the subject, or (3) reading rebuttals of Carrier’s points.

Mind you, this was a roomful of atheists. Critical, skeptical people, right? Not so! Nearly half of them were willing to be instantly persuaded by a single talk without checking any sources or reading any rebuttals. Many of them were totally unaware of how historical scholarship was even done. I feel like I could have made up a bunch of stuff, claimed that it was held by the majority of historians, and then persuaded half the audience to believe that Jesus was a Persian myth.

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Anyway, this is one of a thousand events that lead me to think atheists are not generally more rational or careful than belivers. Thus, my plea to all people is: Do not be quickly persuaded. Investigate. Challenge. Doubt.

Amen, sir.  Amen.

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4 Responses to “Irony: An Atheist on ‘Skeptics’”

  1. Tim says:

    The author is lukeprog, from Common Sense Atheism. You should check out his story. It made me wince a few times.

  2. Chucky says:

    Sometimes people are simply afraid to say “I don’t know” when they don’t – and that applies to atheists as well as Christians.

  3. Larry Geiger says:

    Sometimes people are just people. Whether they are atheists or Christians.

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