I’m often puzzled as to why atheists believe they are “free-thinkers.” Now if this phrase works as a catch phrase in order to draw people into their ranks, I can understand why they keep repeating it, even with no logic found in it. I’ll admit it seems as though all faiths and philosophies are guilty of appealing to illogical reasoning to capture a believer for the cause. However, it also seems like many atheists really believe they are free-thinkers.
Calvinistic teachings can be found in most of the great church creeds. We believe as one, because we have one source, that is the Bible. Some are able to say it better than others, so you will find many ways of saying the truth, but we do not deny we have the same doctrines of truth if indeed we stick to the same source as our authority.
So called free-thinkers on the other hand have fooled themselves into thinking they are free from other opinions and draw their thoughts from logic and reason. However, nothing can be farther from the truth
Free-thought is a philosophical viewpoint holding that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or any other dogma.
The problem, is that free-thinking is dogma.
Atheism is not as free of dogmas as free-thinkers have convinced themselves, but rather a dogma with leaders and followers.
If you visit any atheistic site, you will see parroted phrases from their own prophets of atheism. The same phrases, the same arguments, the same failed logic, over and over again. While you would expect a Reformed Theology site to have the same dogma as another Reformed site, because after all it is a dogma, you would think that real free-thinkers would have differing arguments. At the atheist sites I have visited, I must say, this is not the case.
What is sad, and why I write this article, is that the posters and atheistic followers found all over the internet that hold to this dogma, seem to be clueless that they are captured by a dogma. They really believe they are “free thinking” and that a person that believes in God, has not thought this whole thing through as they have. They see a person of faith as one that fails to investigate the facts, not willing to hear logic and reason, and bound to a book they read in full ignorance of the truth. That book of course is the Bible.
This I came across once again just this morning.
“Personally I view religion as an emotion based psychological virus causing logic faults, philosophies gone radical. Its no different than drugs.”
This phrase was left on an atheist page. It’s not a new idea or argument at all. The virus argument was made popular by a leading atheist prophet of today, Richard Dawkins.
As I told the poster, Richard Dawkins is a wise man in his field of behaviorism. But Dawkins fails when put to the test of logic and reason. It is clear that those that parrot such phrases have never tested the reason, but only follow the dogma of their prophet. If they had ran through the logic, they would never repeat the phrase.
First, ideas are not transmitted like genes. Genes are passed on through the chromosomes in DNA. We take on ideas not only from our parents, but also from others that are around us. We can even come up with ideas of our own. These ideas we can believe, or reject or we can change them if we wish. Not so with DNA.
A virus, has genes made from either DNA or RNA. They carry genetic information that is an infectious agent. This produces an immune response that usually eliminates the infecting virus. In other words, the body in most cases fights off the virus.
We have no choice in what type of DNA may come with the virus. Nor do we have the power over a virus as we do an idea. If we get the HIV virus, we can’t just wake up one morning and reject it. Ideas you can reject at any time.
Second, it is self defeating. Does one become an atheist because they caught the atheist virus from one of their teachers at school? Is one an atheist because the virus was passed on through an atheistic book? Of course not. They found an idea that they can relate to and they believed it. Others have heard the atheist arguments in school and rejected them. Ideas of any kind are not viruses. This only shows the poor logic.
I think it’s funny that those who proclaim this so loudly, tell believers that they are brainwashed from the beginning and don’t stand a chance in believing anything other than what their parents believed. Those that hold to this position don’t take into account that many atheists were raised in God fearing homes.
But what makes this so funny, is because of the virus argument, they try their best to discourage believers from teaching their kids about God. “Let them be “free-thinkers”” they cry! But going by a Time Magazine story dated Nov 21, 2007, free-thinkers now believe they should train their kids in humanistic dogma.
Reporter Jeninne Lee-St. John said..
But some nonbelievers are beginning to think they might need something for their children. “When you have kids,” says Julie Willey, a design engineer, “you start to notice that your co-workers or friends have church groups to help teach their kids values and to be able to lean on.” So every week, Willey, who was raised Buddhist and says she has never believed in God, and her husband pack their four kids into their blue minivan and head to the Humanist Community Center in Palo Alto, Calif., for atheistic Sunday school.
So much for free-thinking.
Calvinist believers realize that atheism is but another dogma that man uses to reject God. Atheists spend more time trying to prove there is no God than many believers spend in the Word of God. That is a sad statement for believers, but maybe gives insight into why many are fooled by humanistic dogma and leave the church.