24th September 2009

“By definition nothing is considered sacred by an atheist.”

Anon.

5 Responses to “24th September 2009”

  1. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    I know more than a couple atheists, and every one of them holds something sacred. One need not believe in God/s to hold a thing as sacred. But perhaps I’m just quibbling over definition?

  2. Chris Says:

    The quote itself is correct because to be “sacred” something must be perceived by religious persons to be “divine” (whatever that means). That seems to rule we hell-bound out. That’s not to say that we don’t have beliefs we’re loath to change, but the plain and virtuous fact is we WILL change them when presented with facts that contradict those beliefs.

    Therein lay the difference – an atheist will abandon a cherished belief where a religiosyncratic person will not. Each sees this as a virtue and one is mistaken.

  3. Matt Thompson Says:

    @Oxymoronic Christhinker:
    Well, yeah, the quote says “by definition”, so we’d have to go from definition. And by definition, nothing is sacred to an atheist.

  4. holysmokes Says:

    I’m not so sure. I consider human life itself to be sacred. If you look at the meaning of the word at dictionary .com it does say “devoted to a deity.” However another meaning is: “reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object.” The validity of the quote depends on which definition you choose to apply.

  5. Matt Thompson Says:

    @holysmokes
    And to what person, purpose, or object would you reverently dedicate human life itself to? Why not all life?