New Kids’ Website For Atheism Evangelism
by Melissa Travis
The American Humanist Association has launched a website called “Kids Without God” aimed at promoting and glorifying atheism. It abounds in the usual fallacies (seriously, haven’t these folks ever taken Logic 101?) and is blatantly evangelistic. The slogan across the bottom of the home page reads:
“Welcome to Kids Without God, a site for the millions of young people around the world who have embraced science, rejected superstition, and are dedicated to being Good Without A God!”
Let’s unpack that, shall we?
Fallacy #1: The slogan presents a false dichotomy by making the direct implication that one cannot be a theist AND embrace science. The fact is, science cannot, by its very definition, investigate the supernatural realm. Therefore, there is no logical contradiction between theism and science. Many theists are highly credentialed scientists, performing important research, teaching, or working in biomedical practice with a coherent worldview intact.
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Fallacy #2: The slogan makes a straw man of theism by equating it with “superstition.” The Mirriam-Webster dictionary offers these three definitions of the term “superstition”:
- a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
- an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
- a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary
If the slogan writer is referring to definition #1, then he/she makes a false assumption about the reasons behind theistic belief, or, he/she is insinuating that science can prove that there is no theistic causation for the existence of the universe (which it, by definition, cannot)…
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