Recently I was invited to join a “PrayerWorks” Facebook group. At first I was a little surprised. I had a look, and saw a pinned post asking for more moderators because of the number of atheists “trolling” the group. Otherwise there were the usual “inspirational” messages with typical “Amen” responses, but also loads of comments by atheists. And many posts by atheists.
Eventually I figured out what was going on… It seems to be a group run by atheists, one that has sucked theist members in, people who think they are participating in a normal Christian group. Of course that invites the usual false dilemma (If you don’t worship my god, you follow my devil – after all there is nothing else right?).
Are we not better than this?
Sure, theists join our atheist groups and proselytize there. But this is different. When they do so, they come from a place of extreme ignorance. It’s like the ignorant missionaries who go to other countries and disturb the last of the indigenous undisturbed people to teach them about Jesus, exposing the uncontacted tribes to all manner of diseases… The folks who infiltrate atheist groups think that such places are some sort of final frontier, a last bastion of heathens who have never heard of [insert religious savior here] where they can go to teach us about Jesus. They’re not “normal” Christians… They are a rare breed of brainwashed imbeciles with profound ignorance of their choosing, ignorance surpassed only by their sense of self-importance and pride which they, without any sense of irony at all, call humility.
When they infiltrate the atheist groups and find people more knowledgeable about their own religion than they are, the Dunning Kruger effect prevents them from seeing reality. In reality of course, atheists are either people who have rejected religion through careful thought and consideration (and knowledge of what religion is), or people who have been brought up irreligious and not been indoctrinated to begin with. Either way, preaching to us about Jesus isn’t going to achieve anything other than being annoying. Religion is something that the one type has already rejected, and will seem absurd to the other, as absurd as trying to convince adults that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are real and hang out with the Tooth Fairy for barbecues over weekends.
We have no such excuse.
Anyway, it’s just my opinion. I think there is a time and a place for debate, as well as a time and place for mockery. But we don’t need to go out of our way to taunt these people who are happy in their delusions, and honestly… the type of people in that group… will never see reason.