Fundy Atheists...we need to take care to not be one.

Defining a "fundy" as someone who takes a position in spite of a lack of evidence or evidence to the contrary, often suspect that critics of their stance are part of a conspiracy or threatened by their position...this reviewer of the movie "The God Who Wasn't There" make a humorous and plausible case that the movie itself is guilty of perpetuating its own myths. I highly recommend it as a read for any atheist interested in being guided by reason, and not by passion.

And check out the bottom of this page for some similarities between fundy theists and fundy atheists. Something we should all read to ensure we are not equally as ignorant as our extremist detractors.

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Comment by ryan cameron on March 1, 2010 at 12:32pm
Technically, yes, an atheist cant be a "fundamentalist", but we can certainly be wrong, sometimes ignorant, and intellectually lazy (myself included here) and that is my point - to guard against that using this "god who wasnt there" as an example of an atheist who is doing the very things he accuses the "fundies" of doing.
Comment by mwg on February 26, 2010 at 4:08pm
As Robert Madewell has pointed out, "fundamentalism" cannot even apply to atheism. The word is a reference to a return to the fundamentals of a given faith system. Since atheism is not a faith system, it is incorrect to use the word "fundy" in reference to an atheist.
Comment by James Turkia on February 26, 2010 at 2:24pm
Good point. It's detrimental to the cause when people are overzealous and get lazy about research and details. I feel a little frustrated when we have to even argue about the history of the bible and the trivialities in religion when it's the overall concept that is its greatest weakness (in my opinion). However the religious communities like to point to the bible and historical details as proof and the argument is necessary whether I like it or not. I agree with Robert Madewell though, I don't see the word fundamentalism as appropriate. I think the theists have grabbed onto that word to discredit the new atheists much like anyone wanting to play a trump card in a political argument is tempted to make 'nazi' or 'communist' generalizations. I think the opinions of nontheists are too varied to allow for a 'base belief' system that could give rise to a fundamentalist movement.
Comment by Robert Madewell on February 26, 2010 at 1:01pm
Actually, fundamentalism is not a word that I can even apply to atheism. The word has been hi-jacked to mean any extreme believe system. However, that's not what it originally meant. Fundamentalism is the believe that a book is authorative, inerrant, infallible, 100% scientifically and historically correct. Fundamentalist Christians believe that about the bible and fundamentalist muslims believe that about the Quran.
Comment by Staks Rosch on February 26, 2010 at 10:56am
I fundamentally don't believe Zeus is real.



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