I have come across a new term for the rabid, bitter brand of Atheist that we often come across when we are out sharing our message with the general public. They are called “Hatheists.”
It would only be fair to mention that we do come across a number of polite and considerate atheists, many of whom we have had very encouraging conversations with. But the ones who seem most deserving of this title have earned it beyond a doubt!
Another disclaimer that should be added here is that many religious people can be very rude, inconsiderate and even hateful in their attempts to share their faith in God. For all you non-spiritual/atheist/agnostic/seekers out there, we would like to apologize for these types of people as well as for the times when we ourselves have behaved in ways that we are ashamed of. Please forgive us as we continue to learn and grow in love.
Having said that, I would like to get back to the main focus of this article, and hopefully stir up some responses from all you onlookers out there!
One of the most (in)famous examples that comes to my mind immediately when I think of the term “hatetheist”, is a fellow that has gained worldwide media attention for his pathetic and disgusting comments he has made on numerous occasions about ANYONE who believes in God. This goes for Jews, Chrsitians, Muslims, Hindus, etc.
This man’s name is Richard Dawkins. He is an evolutionary biologist, who has taught at Oxford University in England. Dawkins has used the media to advance his ultimate cause, which is namely converting the world to atheism. Dawkin’s fundamental claim is that anyone who believes in God is simply deluded, which is why he chose the title “The God Delusion” for his most controversial book to date.
Many people have read Dawkin’s book and have found ideological “comfort” in its pages, and have continued more fervently in their atheism. Some, however, have taken note that Dawkins uses too much emotional subterfuge in his arguments against God, rather than the sheer force of rational argument.
On the other side of the spectrum, an incredibly famous philosopher who had championed the cause of atheism for decades renounced his former atheism to the dismay of many of his followers. That man’s name was Antony Flew. He recanted his atheism in 2004, and died only a few years later, in 2010. He had published a book called “There Is A God” a few years before his death, much to the chagrin of Dawkins (who had been a longtime admirer of Flew). Because Dawkins could not rationally challenge Flew’s transformation, he instead chose to tear him down with sophisticated insults, such as implying that it was merely old age and senility that changed Flew’s mind. Pay close attention to the weak statement Dawkins ends his speech with in the following video.
However, in the spirit of loving reconciliation, I would like to conclude with a positive “thumbs up” recognition of Richard Dawkins’ ability to appreciate the good that Jesus brought to the world with his love and teachings. Dawkins even goes so far as to label himself as an “Atheist for Jesus” by proudly wearing a T-shirt with this message emblazoned on it: