Sep 25 2009

Atheist Memes on Facebook: Debate is Not Dogma

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I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through.

If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through your own Facebook page, or whatever forum or social networking site you like. Or if you don’t like mine, make some of your own.

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day:

Saying “I think I’m probably right, and here are my reasons why” is not intolerant, narrow- minded, dogmatic, or superior. It’s the marketplace of ideas. And that’s just as true about atheism as it is about anything else. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get through.


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  1. 1

    Well, it’s dogmatic in the sense that we’re dogmatically assuming that reason and logic are a good basis for rational discussion and thought. I prefer cheddar cheese and Ritz crackers as the basis of my paradigms. :-)

  2. 2

    I prefer 4 nickels for my pair o’ dimes.

  3. 3

    I deserved that pun-ishment.

  4. 4

    DSimon–we could also be pragmatically, not dogmatically, working under the assumption that reason and logic are a good basis for rational discussion and thought. And will continue to do so until such assumption shows itself to be untenable.
    It’s just the way it is. Dogma chasing after Karma.

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    Yeah, but the whole idea of “let’s try this way of thinking as long as it works” is itself relying on a rationalistic philosophy, isn’t it? Some religious beliefs would argue “let’s try it this way forever whether or not it works well because that sort of approach is inherently good”.

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