Minister Knows Atheist's
(Without Knowing The Atheist)
This man submitted, for publication, the copyrighted work of another which he had lifted from the victim's web page. We replied with our standard boilerplate regarding copyrighted material.
Here is his response.
This letter arrived as a single block of text. We divided it up into sections (paragraphs?) to make for more comfortable reading.
There are two types of people in the world: Honest seekers of truth, and protectors of a belief (or unbelief in your case) system. I can see from your reply that you are not open to truth if it is not what you want to believe. I've had atheists come to my seminars that are in both categories.
It doesn't take long to figure out which camp they are in. Some just honestly don't believe there is a God, but you can have open and honest discussions with them. Others have just set their heart against God, they become enraged when I tell them that God doesn't believe in atheists.
No-one can say there is no God because you would have to be God to know what is or isn't out there. An agnostic says I don't know if there is a God, and neither do you. Here again you would have to be God to know whether there is or isn't someone who knows if there is a God or not. Either way you are making yourself God, and judging by your email you are probably in that category.
In Search of the Truth
[name of religious venture deleted]
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Arv Edgeworth"
Subject: Re: Your position
Date: November 25, 2003 2:40 AM
You conclude all this about what's going on inside the privacy of my own mind (and yet you don't even know me), all on the basis of our policy that we do not accept copyrighted material as submissions for posting!?
And what is this about people who have already made up their minds?
My, my my! I certainly did pick an entertaining gig, if not a productive one, didn't I?
"Set their heart against God"!? What's a "God"?
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