Essay: The atheist movement lacks heavy, intellectual artillery

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Richard Carrier at the launch of the Atheism plus movement wrote: "I am fully on board. I will provide any intellectual artillery they need to expand this cause and make it successful.[1]

In October of 2014, the popular YouTube atheist Thunderf00t commented on how Jen McCreight, the founder of the atheist feminist movement Atheism plus abandoned her movement within two weeks. Thunderfoot also commented on how Richard Carrier "the intellectual artillery" of the movement, quit promoting the movement within a month.[2]

Needless to say the Atheism plus movement lacked heavy, intellectual artillery!

Does Richard Carrier lack machismo?

machismo
One of the definitions of machismo is an "exhilarating sense of power or strength".[3] Olé! Olé! Olé!

"Masculinity, for example, is a cultural construct that can be quite toxic, yet extremely difficult to escape if that’s how you were raised, worse if it remains the environment pressuring you to conform." - Atheist Richard Carrier[4]

(photo obtained from Flickr, see: license agreement)

"Masculinity, for example, is a cultural construct that can be quite toxic, yet extremely difficult to escape if that’s how you were raised, worse if it remains the environment pressuring you to conform." - Atheist Richard Carrier[5]

One of the definitions of machismo is an "exhilarating sense of power or strength".[6] By now, it is quite apparent to all that atheists/New Atheists/atheism all lack machismo! See: Does Richard Dawkins have machismo? and Atheism and cowardice

Richard Carrier: Profile of an ex-husband who tried to be good without God and failed

See also: Atheist hypocrisy

Richard Carrier is an advocate of metaphysical naturalism. He wrote a book entitled Sense and Goodness without God. He is a prominent atheist in the atheist community in the US. Carrier, who has a doctorate in history, asserts that one can be good without God despite the fact that atheist regimes have been the biggest mass murders in history

Jesus Christ and the Old Testament prophets taught that human nature is evil. Jesus said, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" (Luke 11: 13). The prophet Jeremiah said, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). In addition, the Bible teaches that men are in need of redemption and the power of God to reform (See: Bible verses about redemption and Bible verses on transformation).

Human history with its many injustices and atrocities shows that the testimony of Jesus and the Old Testament prophets is true concerning the wickedness of mankind. In addition, when the Christian evangelist Ray Comfort asks atheists if they have ever lied, hated another person, stolen, lusted after the opposite sex and engaged in other immoralities, they invariably indicate they have done these things and still commit various acts of immorality.[7] If person repents of their sins, accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, God regenerates them and their enslavement to sin is broken (see: Good news)[8]

Richard Carrier, adultery, divorce and polyamory

Richard Carrier divorced his wife and now practices polyamory.[9] Before divorcing his wife, he was involved in adulterous affairs.[10]

The Christtian apologist Jason Engwar at the Christian blog Triablogue wrote:

Richard Carrier has a post up announcing that he's "polyamorous", which he calls his "sexual orientation". He's been adulterous in his relationship with his wife, and they decided to get a divorce after having tried polyamory for a while. In the thread, he refers to how he has "sympathy for people who cheat on their spouses", how he's come across "many" polyamorists, and how he's become more convinced that "monogamy is the actual problem". So far, most of the responses at his blog are positive.[11]

Previously, as noted above, Carrier wrote a book entitled Sense and Goodness without God. Carrier was not good without God! Once again, Jesus was right! See also: Atheist hypocrisy.

See also:

Ladies, don't marry an atheist

Ladies, don't marry an atheist! They cannot be good without God. Behind your back, they will scowl at your mother's picture of Jesus. Jesus said human nature was evil! He was right! See also: Irreligion and domestic violence

Darwinism and sexual immorality

Liberal Christianity also embraces the evolutionary paradigm (see also: Evolution and liberalism).

See also: Evolutionary belief and sexual immorality

In July of 2000, Creation Ministries International reported:

For years, many people have scoffed at any suggestion that the evils in society could be linked with the teaching of the theory of evolution. But new research has confirmed what Bible-believers have known all along—that the rising acceptance of Darwin’s theory is related to declining morality in the community.

The research survey of 1535 people, conducted by the Australian National University, revealed that belief in evolution is associated with moral permissiveness. Darwin himself apparently feared that belief in evolution by the common man would lead to social decay. The survey showed that people who believed in evolution were more likely to be in favour of premarital sex than those who rejected Darwin’s theory. Another issue which highlighted the contrast between the effect of evolutionary ideas and that of biblical principles was that Darwinians were reported to be ‘especially tolerant’ of abortion.

In identifying the primary factors determining these differences in community attitudes, the author of the research report, Dr Jonathan Kelley, said: ‘The single most important influence after church attendance is the theory of evolution.’[12]

The atheist "historian" Richard Carrier

Carrier has a B.A. in History, with a minor in Classical Civilization, from the University of California at Berkeley (1997), an M.A. in Ancient History from Columbia University (1998), an M.Phil. in Ancient History, from Columbia University (2000), and a Ph.D. in Ancient History from Columbia University (2008). [13]

Carrier advocates the crank notion that Jesus never existed and is merely a myth which is a baseless, extreme minority position among historians and contrary to abundant historical evidence pointing to Jesus being a historical figure (The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, a parcel of the propaganda of the atheistic, communist Soviet Union, is the only encyclopedia to ever advocate the Christ myth. See also: Historicity of Jesus).[14][15][16] See also: Atheists and historical illiteracy

"Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality." - Thomas Sowell

Recommended articles on historiography

Wisdom versus intelligence

Atheism and intelligence

See also: Atheism and intelligence and Atheism and Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and Causes of atheism

Within various countries, standardized intelligence test (IQ) scores related to the issue of atheists/agnostics vs. theists intelligence scores yield conflicting results.[17][18] Part of the problem is that social scientists use variant definitions of atheism.[19] See also: Atheism, intelligence and the General Social Survey

However, within individuals, families and societies irreligion/religion can have an effect on intelligence - especially over time (See: Atheism and intelligence).

Flynn effect on intelligence: Secular/religious countries

The Flynn effect is the significant and long-sustained increase intelligence test scores measured in many parts of the world from roughly 1930 to the present.[20] In some secular, economically developed countries, the Flynn effect has ceased and their scores on standardized intelligence tests are falling.[21] However, the Flynn effect is continuing in developing countries which tend to be more religious (see: Intelligence trends in religious countries and secular countries).

Intelligence trends: Secular countries and religious countries

See: Intelligence trends in religious countries and secular countries

Atheism and the theory of multiple intelligences

See: Atheism and the theory of multiple intelligences

Howard Gardner at Harvard University developed the theory of multiple intelligences which has identified various distinct intelligences: interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, musical–rhythmic, bodily–kinesthetic, and naturalistic.[22] Gardner later suggested that moral intelligence may merit being included in his multiple intelligence model.[23]

For information related to atheism and various forms of intelligence, please see:

Atheist population is lacking in confidence

See also: Atheism and leadership and Atheism and cowardice

Worldwide, the march of religion can probably only be reversed by a renewed, self-aware secularism. Today, it appears exhausted and lacking in confidence... Secularism's greatest triumphs owe less to science than to popular social movements like nationalism, socialism and 1960s anarchist-liberalism. Ironically, secularism's demographic deficit means that it will probably only succeed in the twenty-first century if it can create a secular form of 'religious' enthusiasm." - the agnostic professor Eric Kaufmann, Birbeck College, University of London, UK, 2010[24]

For more information, please see:

God's wisdom versus human wisdom

St. Paul defends his preaching (Giovanni Ricco)

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 (ESV version)[25]

Are atheists smarter than the average bear?

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Notes

  1. The New Atheism + by Richard Carrier
  2. Atheism+ Stream: How SJWs pushed their way into Atheism
  3. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machismo
  4. Coming Out Poly + A Change of Life Venue, Richard Carrier, see comment section of post
  5. Coming Out Poly + A Change of Life Venue, Richard Carrier, see comment section of post
  6. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machismo
  7. Ray Comfort Debates an Atheist
  8. If we accept Jesus as Savior, can we then sin all we want? by CARM
  9. Coming Out Poly + A Change of Life Venue
  10. Coming Out Poly + A Change of Life Venue
  11. Atheism, Adultery, Polyamory, And Shifting Morals
  12. Morals decline linked to evolution
  13. www.infidels.org, Brief Biography of Richard Carrier [1]
  14. A Response to "Why I Don't Buy the Resurrection Story" by JP Holding
  15. The Incredible Sinking Carrier or, The Impossible Faith Vindicated by JP Holding
  16. Scholarly opinions on the Jesus Myth by Christopher Price
  17. "Who is smarter; are atheists smarter than Christians? An examination of studies" (2007). Doxa: Christian Thought in the 21st Century. Retrieved on October 29, 2014.
  18. The myth of the smarter Atheist by Randy Olson, Posted on August 24, 2014
  19. Multiple references:
  20. Raven, John (2000). "The Raven's Progressive Matrices: Change and stability over culture and time". Cognitive Psychology, vol. 41, pp. 1-48. doi:10.1006/cogp.1999.0735. Retrieved on October 29, 2014.
  21. Multiple references:
  22. Lane, Carla. "Multiple Intelligences". Excerpt from "The Distance Learning Technology Resource Guide". Retrieved from The Education Coalition website on October 26, 2014.
  23. Smith, Mark K. (2002, 2008). "Howard Gardner and multiple intelligences". The Encyclopedia of Informal Education. Retrieved on October 26, 2014.
  24. Shall the religious inherit the earth? - Eric Kaufmann
  25. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+1 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 (ESV version)