Making strides

You may have seen Stephen Prothero on “The Colbert Report” recently, shilling his book on various religions and their differences (and, apparently, why Christianity is the best one).

Jason at EvolutionBlog has a nice post about Prothero’s concern-trolling over how the “New Atheism” is turning people off by being all “strident” and blah, blah, blah.

As Jason notes, atheists are louder and more “strident” than ever, and coincidentally, polls are showing more people declaring themselves atheist or at least non-religious. So even if you don’t consider there to be any causation in that correlation, it’s at least pretty clear that atheism isn’t being significantly diminished by the recent trend toward outspoken atheists speaking out.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that stridency (real or imagined) doesn’t have any downside, but if you find yourself on the defensive against some theist who’s demanding that you condemn or distance yourself from the “strident” folks, it’s not unreasonable for you to ask them to set an example for you by condemning the stridency of folks like Pat Robertson or the Pope or whoever.

(pic via Jesus and Mo)

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