In my pursuit to become as honest, logical and self-aware with my beliefs and values in life I have taken to following a few atheist’s blogs. One of my favorite ones concerns itself more with Debunking Christianity and the another mainly on science. I heartily recommend these websites to anyone who desires to be challenged with cognitive growth respecting any faith decisions. Actually, I would even recommend a book by the DC’s John Loftus to a Christian if, and only if, they were serious about this endeavor.
One of the things that strikes me as ironic about atheist’s is they often do not see that their arguments, claims, jokes etc. can work equally well against the point they are trying to make (as often Christians, including myself, are guilty of). Here is an all too true example of this. While this claim, from the linked site, has been historically true in many, if not most, cases for religion the rhetoric of the claim only works if this is not also true for atheism. Unfortunately, humility and openness is not the calling card of atheism either.
This error reminds me of one of the greatest books I have ever read (The Brothers Karamazov) that has a great scene illustrating this exact point. In the Chapter entitled “The Defense Attorney’s Speech: A Stick with Two Ends” it is argued that one ought to be careful using logic that can just as easily work the exact other way by turning the assumptions on their head. Although the chapter is about psychology the need for caution works the same in logic, science, history etc. Here is the quote:
“I myself, gentleman of the jury, have resorted to psychology now, in order to demonstrate that on can draw whatever conclusions one likes from it. It all depends on whose hands it is in. Psychology prompts novels even from the most serious people, and quite unintentionally. I am speaking of excessive psychology, gentleman of the jury, of a certain abuse of it.”
For another good explanation of this see the chapter on “The Eschatology of Jesus” in Dale Allison’s Reconstructing Jesus.