Amen to the agnostics brother ... Agnostics I believe come from the field of formerly rebellious atheists. It is their attempt to be rational and not emotional ... addressing what is known and not known. Such was my case before I became a faithless theist."Atheism in the name of God" is perhaps the right path up that mountain that does not exist. I once read a man say that there are many paths up the mountain.(referring to various beliefs as a means to eternal life, or whatever) Then he said the mountain was an illusion. So, whatever path you take amounts to little more than personal style. I think there is truth in that statement.
My only concern with atheism being wide spread is we lose the conduit for the teaching of morality. I know at least one moral atheist, but many times atheism is little more than the self rebelling against a belief that does not want you to fuck your friend's wife. We are atheistic because religion is against the way that we want to behave. Sure, there are intellectual atheists, thoughtful people who have thought this out, their rejection of something other than their own minds, and body. But I think we have more in the former group. In the same way that teens rebel against their parents, these atheists are simply rebelling against some immorality that they want to indulge in, freely, without someone saying, "you low down immoral fucker!" But I believe these pursuits of pleasure are powerful urges, and at least some of the atheism is of this nature.
Isn't it strange to atheists, that the most intelligent man the world recognizes, Einstein, was not an atheist? If the genius of Einstein did not reject a God, how could the less intelligent do so, with any validity?
I think the agnostics are the only honest people in this argument, really. I have seen rabid atheists, and rabid religious people, but so far never a rabid, mad, agnostic. And those agnostics seem to be better folks to have dinner with. There is a lot to be said of men who do not claim to KNOW the TRUTH. And who won't boil your balls in oil, for not believing as they do. Think of the old RCC on the one hand, the inquisition, etc, and the old atheistic soviet union on the other. Is atheism a better fit with an authoritarian regime? Seems that way, from what we have seen as nations who are atheistic. Would atheists ever have felt that our rights are God given, and therefore unchangable, as the many theists did and codified it in our constitution? Doubtful. Say what you want about religion, but I think our nation was founded upon a deep belief in God. No religion, no democratic republic, with god given rights. The fact that the founders were by and large prots, and the settlers of south america and central america, catholics, may be one of the reason the US turned out as it did.