I just read a blog that was basically saying atheist’s (and christians who are atheists “for all intents”) are to blame for society’s problems and that if we just accepted that god was our “lord” and obeyed him everything would be right as rain.
I gave this response:
Yeah, as opposed to the 1500 years when we obeyed the bible and owned slaves and traded women as cattle.
I’m sorry, but the world for all it’s faults is getting better, any objective look at history will show this. And part of that improvement is that we don’t consider anyone a “lord”, we actually debate over what public policy should be rather than declaring it by fiat, which allows for social progress. If you want to know what the alternative is like, go to any muslim theocracy. It will be like stepping into a time machine and seeing an earlier version of the christian world.
Do you honestly think the 50’s had a better culture than we do? Or the 1800’s? Or the 1700’s?
Do you think an age where rape was a crime against a woman’s husband (illegal use of his property) and slave rape was thus perfectly legal – do you think that was a more enlightened era? The dissolution of labor unions is an outrage today – this was not even considered an outrage not too fucking long ago.
So yes, by all means feel free to “blame” the state of the modern world by comparison to centuries past on atheists.