Michael Battalio

Thursday, December 11, 2008

This I Believe (part 5)

This is part five of my “This I Believe” series. I’m going to be spending most of the time delving into my struggles in deciding what it is I actually believe. I have had trouble over the last several years defining exactly what it is I prescribe to as a worldview. I consider myself a man of science, but I also consider myself a man of faith. So, where am I exactly? I hope to figure some of it out here.
This short entry is a comment on the lack of respect in the argument over religion.

Theists and atheists do a really good job of insulting each other, but many fail at actually proving or even really arguing anything. Many people of faith find Richard Dawkins offensive. I, however, find that people who prescribe to his beliefs more offensive than he. (Before I get a bunch of atheists mad at me, I also find many religious people offensive. [Pat Robertson comes to mind.]) They have a self righteous, childish, indignation for people of faith because they have found a leader, someone to champion their cause, and they are willing to bash whoever it takes to make sure Dawkins’s message is heard.
The fact of the matter though is that both sides of this argument are pretentious. Both believe they are absolutely correct and don’t care if insulting the opposition makes them or anyone else appear foolish. I am very turned off by both sides of the atheist/theist debate when they resort to name calling, which unfortunately they both do frequently. I don’t want to read a book or critique when a person resorts to calling people na├»ve or stupid. They spend so much time insulting the other side that one never actually gets to the point. If you can’t intelligently defend your argument or retort another’s, do not fill your essay with mindless blather. It helps no one and hurts your cause. Isn’t the point of argument to find a resolution? What many of these people do is make matters worse.
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