Atheists thanking themselves
I found this on a site called Debunking Christianity. It’s a comfort to know that some atheists think so much of us Christians as to maintain websites which expose the cognitive dissonance of their own dead end beliefs.
For religious people, the standard setting for the giving of thanks is entirely incidental to the meaning of the occasion. The family around the table, the turkey or ham, the football game — all of these are just props and ritual. None is essential to thanking God.
What for a religious person, though, is just the setting of Thanksgiving is for the atheist the entire celebration itself. Family and fun, and marking the change of the seasons, is its only meaning and significance.
I suppose that to a religious person an atheist Thanksgiving must appear a thin thing, lacking reverence and grandeur. But then, again, a person who reveres a grand God must feel diminished in her own eyes. Giving thanks to God must engender in the religious the sense that they are powerless supplicants to a higher reality. Another thing we atheists are happy about, then, is that nothing at all depends on the will of a spirit in the sky.
First, when it comes to Thanksgiving and thanking God at least we have props and ritual. What does an atheist have? Props without ritual? Ok, I’ll keep my thankfulness to God with my rituals and props, thank you very much, and atheists can keep their pointless props. Fair?
Second, atheists know nothing of God or His character. At every opportunity atheists mischaracterize God in their own image. They are of the opinion that whatever they are like, God must be like, and Christians are the “powerless supplicants” and simple stooges of it all. Atheists think they know better, but as we Christians are often reminded, professing themselves wise they became the moral fools.
Third and finally, last time I checked, the word “thank” was a transitive verb, meaning that it requires an object to make sense. The entire notion of Thanksgiving, as it was originally intended, is nonsensical and ridiculous to an atheists. Sure, our props and rituals of Thanksgiving are incidental to the meaning, but at least we have meaning. Atheists have the dubious congratulations to give themselves on the scientific reality of cogitating the points of the day’s afternoon football games. They have the self approbation of masticating their turkey. There’s nothing higher or loftier or more comforting for them than that they have the moment of family and fun. All that, and nothing else. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.
So, let the atheists congratulate themselves on what they have, but don’t think it Thanksgiving.