And a proud one, he delivered an atheist « sermon »! From the pulpit of Westminster Abbey. And he posted about it, here.
Of course, in one sense, anyone who believes anything can be described as being anti what they don’t believe. But, for instance, we would not usually call a Christian an anti-Jew, or a Muslim an anti-Hindu. Why not?
Maybe because it’s implicit and it would be difficult to say anti-muslim & anti-Jew & anti-Hindu & anti-Scientologists & anti-Atheist & anti-Olympians & anti-Pagans & etc. listing the few thousands anti-something Christians are? Easier to just say Christian and those who know a little bit of the religion’s history know how must anti-everything Christians are. And Christians very much have this kind of attitude : hostility and the desire to eliminate other religious (or not) beliefs. They did managed to have their own religious wars after all, between Christians. And a lot of blood on their hands. I suppose Baggini just momentarily forgotten about that.
If being an atheist meant being anti-theist, then I would not be one. I am an anti-dogmatist, an anti-fundamentalist, yes.
It’s nice to know that Baggini is anti-dogmatist. I suppose that means that he is against any dogmatic constructs, as every theistic religion, including Christianity. He seems not be aware of it or he is just contradicting himself. Not very serious anyway.
But then he adds:
But there are also lots of atheists like me.
Stupid? Well, probably, nobody said that being atheists excludes stupidity.
Any religion that is not unreasonable and not dogmatic should likewise recognise that it has a kinship with atheists who hold those same values.
That’s right! Spot on Baggini on that one, religions’ target are the stupid. Theists or not.
And I would really like to hear the name of a non dogmatic theistic religion. Oh, and while you are to it, of a reasonable one 😉
There is a lot to fear from people like Baggini.