Johnnie Moore is the vice president of Liberty University, which tells you pretty much all you need to know about him. This ridiculous Fox News column tells you the rest. He trots out the old “atheism is a religion” argument, but starts by pretending that a recent debate actually means something:
It happened again recently at the Cambridge Union debating society when former Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams took on the best known name in contemporary atheism, Richard Dawkins. They were debating whether religion has a role in the 21st century.
Dawkins said it didn’t.
Williams said it did.
In the end, Williams was handed a decidedly strong victory with more than two times as many votes from the audience as the infamous atheist, Dawkins. It was a triumphant day for the faithful and a shameful one for the irreligious.
Uh, no. An audience vote does not tell you who won a debate, and even if it did, so what? If the audience had voted the other way, you can be absolutely certain that Moore would not be declaring it to be a triumphant day for atheists and a shameful day for the faithful. He would recognize that a popular vote does not decide what is true and what is not about religion. He just lacks the integrity and the intellectual honesty to be consistent.
Religion certainly includes an idea of a God under whom man is inherently subservient, but religion also governs the belief system undergirding the way people think about, and live, their lives.
It tells them who their authority is and it informs their values and behavior. It gives them their sense of morality and goodwill, and it guides them in the way they treat themselves and others. Religion does nothing less than construct one’s view of the world.
Atheists are, in fact, some of the most religious people.
First, they have a functioning God under whom they are subservient (normally it’s science or rationality, but mainly themselves), and that idea of God informs the way they live and interpret their lives. It informs their biases and determines their values, and governs any sense of morality or ethics they adhere too, or ignore.
Wrong. Absolutely wrong. Neither science nor rationality is even remotely analogous to a deity. And isn’t it always amusing when the religious accuse others of being religious as though they thought that was a bad thing?
This new breed of atheists is obsessed with the idea of God. They write books, deliver speeches, comment-bomb the evangelical blogosphere and generally rant on ad nauseam about the ills of believing in God.
Honestly – comically – some atheists must type the word “God” on the Internet five times more often than most Christians I know and they do it with the fury of a fire-and-brimstone zealot!
Yeah, we talk about belief in God a lot. You know why? Because you people believe that your God commands you to control everyone else. And we’re going to keep doing it. And we’re going to keep pointing and laughing every time you make idiotic claim like this.
Instead of just ignoring God, or the idea of God, atheist preachers feel somehow compelled to rid the Earth of him; so they argue endlessly that theists can’t prove God exists without confessing that they can’t prove he doesn’t either.
Actually, we do. I know of no atheist who thinks they can prove that God doesn’t exist. I doubt Moore does either. But this makes a convenient straw man to beat up, and he has nothing else to offer, so this is pretty much all he has.