Charlotte Allen doesn't like atheists very much. She writes in Los Angeles Times [Atheists: No God, no reason, just whining].
I can't stand atheists -- but it's not because they don't believe in God. It's because they're crashing bores.She then proceeds to describe all the "boring" things that upset her.
I'd like to comment on one of the points that she makes.
The problem with atheists -- and what makes them such excruciating snoozes -- is that few of them are interested in making serious metaphysical or epistemological arguments against God's existence, or in taking on the serious arguments that theologians have made attempting to reconcile, say, God's omniscience with free will or God's goodness with human suffering.This is becoming a mantra for Christian apologists and it's about time we put an end to it.
The reason why atheists aren't interested in making serious arguments against God's existence is that it's impossible to prove the non-existence of something. On the other hand, we can easily show that the arguments in favor of supernatural beings are nonsensical. There are no "serious mtaphysical or epistemological arguments" for God and that's what we point out to anyone who takes the time to listen.
I suppose that makes us boring.
Furthermore, atheists are not interested in "taking on" the "serious" (sic) arguments of theologians when they attempt to reconcile their God with free will and evil. Why should we be interested in such arguments? The premise behind these arguments is that God exists. Atheists reject the premise. If they want to be taken seriously, "serious" theologians have to first prove that God exists before they begin their apologetics.
Christians like Charlotte Allen make me angry. It's not because they're Christians, it's because they are so irrational.
What atheists don't seem to realize is that even for believers, faith is never easy in this world of injustice, pain and delusion. Even for believers, God exists just beyond the scrim of the senses. So, atheists, how about losing the tired sarcasm and boring self-pity and engaging believers seriously?OK. Here's an attempt to engage believers seriously.
If believing is so hard in the face of the real world, and if your belief is "just beyond the ... senses," then why do you continue to believe?
[Hat Tip: RichardDawkins.net]