MB Humanists tweeted
“Atheism needs to find a soul.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
and linked to the Billy Dees’ article that prompted the question.
According to Dees
From a public relations standpoint atheists need to be more visible with positive actions and rhetoric that stems from a profound and positive ideology that is all their own. Telling someone that his or her ideas are bad is not presenting alternative concepts. . . . It is time for atheism to find a soul.
Dees spends most of his article trying to define what he calls “the term ‘atheist,’” which according to Dees, “conjures up images of people protesting Christmas mangers” and criticizing
the more radical ilk of atheists who are doing much harm to such causes as reason and humanity.
Dees singles out American Atheists for its
protests and actions against the 911 Miracle Cross from being included in the new National September 11 Memorial and Museum. An atheist group, American Atheists, has challenged plans to place steel components from the wreckage of the World Trade Center from 911 on public property because it is in the shape of a cross and thus violates the separation of church and state.
Dees tells American Atheists, “Deal with the cross already” and tells “the more radical ilk of atheists” to
Do the unexpected. Be respectful. Stop telling people of faith that what they believe in are fairy tales. There are plenty of skillful ways to logically exhibit the pitfalls of faith after a constructive dialogue is opened.
Instead of claiming that atheism needs to find a soul, Dees should define soul. According to the Christians everyone has a soul. If they are wrong, and there are no souls, where would atheism and atheists find one?
Billy Dees is an accommodationist. What Dees needs to do is stop singing the same refrain: “Be respectful” because atheists need to make it very clear, as Canadian Atheist has done: “A Crossbeam Is Not a Miracle”:
A crossbeam is a beam that spans from one support to another in a in a structure or a building,
No, atheism does not need a soul!