Mark Shea describes the cool rationalism of one of our atheist friends, Matthew Parris, in refusing to accept the story of a nun who was cured of Parkinson’s:
The great disadvantage under which the atheist materialist invariably places himself is that, in despising the supernatural, he refuses to look and see if it does, in fact, occur. Instead, he fools himself with self-deluding sleight-of-hand. He points to the false miracle and pretends that it stands for all miracles. Or he adopts a mocking tone of voice and pretends that it substitutes for a rational argument. Or he links an honest nun with a crazy fundamentalist political theory. Or, in this case, he simply clamps his eyes shut, plugs his ears and screams Ã¢â‚¬Å“Noooooo!Ã¢â‚¬Â at the top of his voice while declaring that he is the cool rationalist who follows the evidence wherever it leads.
And then distinguishes the joyous believer from the grim, joyless atheist:
Meanwhile, the nun who no longer has ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s continues to exist and praise God for her healing, in defiance of the loudest shouts of some ignorant dogmatic scribbler that Ã¢â‚¬Å“He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Which reminds me: One of the more comedic blogspheric developments of late has been these little stylized “A” emblems, a merchandising innovation of “academic” Richard Dawkins that allows atheists to “out themselves” on their blogs (you can also buy the pin – not kidding).
As if to provide a living, breathing example of the archetypal hard-headed rational atheist, one of our more subtle atheist bloggers has posted his little “A” along with a relentlessly empirical reference to the “crap bible” and a dispassionate call for “religion to be destroyed.” Not to mention some other bits. Oh to be so guided by reason over emotion!