Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Best of Net Atheism

I'd like to draw your attention to a new link on my sidebar (under "Politics, Philosophy and Slave Morality": if I knew how to upload graphics to the Blogger template, I'd use the banner above): The Best of Net Atheism. And by the looks of it, this atheism thing is developing into quite the cottage industry: The Best of Net Atheism links to an atheist film reviewer, an atheist radio station, an atheist teen site, and even an atheist dating service. (You'll find yours truly listed there, too ;))

There's something unsettling about all this. Scrolling down the list I find the whole endeavour eerily reminiscent of the parallel popular culture fashioned by Pentecostal/Evangelical Christians in an endeavour to close themselves off from the evil secular world*. (Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that many of the sites are operated by deprogrammed evangelicals.) What worries me is the possibility that atheists might be developing a similar kind of siege mentality--and atheists have less to fear from reality than certain of their faith-based counterparts.

Then again, maybe what atheists need--and remember, they're even more unpopular than Muslims and homosexuals in America (Australian data is unavailable at this time)--is a little evangelical zeal!

*For comic relief, have a look at Landover Baptist's TrueChristian TV Guide.