(Hint: this is a new open thread for Max, and others who would like to engage him or be entertained by him.)
I could ask a New York Yankee fan for info, input, and knowledge on the Boston Red Sox. I might find a number of such persons who would relish informing me about their team’s chief rival. It is likely I would receive an enthusiastic, obscenity-rich dialogue, full of interesting content. But I’m not sure I would get totally accurate information.
Likewise, if I wanted to take my life in my own hands, I could travel east instead of west and hunt down some member of the IS and ask him to wax eloquent on the West, on Judaism, Christianity, and the US. Like the Yankee fan, it is likely I would receive an enthusiastic and critical report. But not likely a full and accurate accounting.
If the Earth were visited by aliens, I might assume these beings were smart. They would ask Boston baseball fans about Boston baseball, Jews about Judaism, Christians about Christianity, and atheists about atheism. They would note antagonism, but it would be the fact of antagonism, and less reliable data.
It is my contention that “Atheist Max” is a misnomer. Our friend Max is an anti-religionist, like most Yankee fans are anti-Red Sox. To their credit, Yankee fans are knowledgeable of and enthusiastic for Yankee culture. Unlike them, Max consistently refers to Christians sources, including his singular (mis)interpretation of the Bible.
Despite repeated invitations to post positively on atheism, Max repeats his stock anti-religion arguments. He cites the Bible far more than Dawkins, Hitch, or the other limelight atheists of our day. He hasn’t to my knowledge quoted a single atheist philosopher, but he does know about some obscure Scripture scholar.
To be sure, there’s nothing “wrong” about this approach as a personal choice. But it would be inaccurate to call Max an atheist.
Here are two questions for Max to start chewing on: What makes you different from a person of faith who is angry at God and denies God’s existence just like a spurned lover might attempt to totally erase a false love from life and memory? Do you have any atheist philosophers you would like to call upon to help make your argument against God’s existence stronger?