Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:10, says:

"We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised." (KJV).

I wonder why it is that when we nonthesits call religious people fools, they get offended. Paul himself acknowledged that Christians are fools. By openly admitting it, does that negate the fact? I think not. Why is it when a crazy idea is labeled as religious it automatically deserves respect? Do we automatically give respect to crazy ideas anywhere else in social discourse, certainly not in politics. In science, we are quick to call out a crazy idea and in most areas of debate and discourse, ideas are openly challenged except when that idea has a religious stamp on it. I would not believe in the virgin birth if my pregnant daughter claimed she was a virgin, why is that idea so sacred to Christians that it cannot be openly challenged? If I told you my uncle Ned was raised from the dead after three days, you would probably consider recommending a good psychologist, yet challenging that idea causes great offense in many religious circles.

In my lectures, I am often criticized for calling these very ideas crazy. I think it time we nontheists to call crazy ideas what they are. Republicans and Democrats don't hesitate to call each other's ideas crazy. What's the difference when we call a Mormon, Baptist or Moslem idea crazy. They certainly have no problem calling our idea that there is no deity "crazy."

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Comment by Darrel Ray on October 19, 2009 at 10:17pm
One correction, at least another billion people adhere to the Moslem delusion. Your steps would work as well in that context.



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