• Doc Anthony

    Chris Stedman’s interview of Anthony Pinn DOES succeed in taking a rare snapshot of a very-much-neglected aspect of atheism: the world of atheism as viewed by Black American atheists. Readers must give Stedman and Dr. Pinn some serious credit for that.

    But honestly? Dr. Pinn, though quite articulate and reflective about his journey, succeeds only in proving that atheism is an equal-opportunity Mega-Disaster, a spiritual virus that slowly yet viciously munches on the soul of its victims. And there are many victims these days, of all colors and flavors.

    Atheism truly darkens (extinguishes) the light of the human heart (see Romans 1:21). Pinn’s interview — and doubtless his book, I would think — makes interesting reading, but it’s interesting in a grim, sobering way. One of those “Don’t Let This Happen To You” photographs.

    So whatever it takes, get away from atheism and turn to Jesus Christ with everything you’ve got. And if you’re already hooked up with Jesus but your kids fall into atheism, do not give up on them. Do not ever accept the defeat.

    Love and cherish them forever, but pray and fast and seek the Lord as hard as you can on their behalf. Do it as desperately as if your own soul and life were at stake. Never stop your quest, even if it looks like you’ll literally die of old age with no apparent results. YOU become the living proof that “God’s Obituary” will never be written.

  • Doc Anthony, did you maybe post in the wrong place? This is an article about how nonreligious people can be better intersectional humanists. Also, I’m an atheist and the light in my heart is in no way extinguished. It’s like, radioactive neon bright. So you don’t need to worry. 🙂

    Chris–great article, looking forward to reading more from Dr. Pinn!

  • The Great God Pan

    Thank you, Doc Anthony. Your post is a perfect example of why Mr. Stedman’s mission to “build bridges” between atheists and the religious strikes me as a lost cause at best. Religion Island is not a place I want to build a bridge to. I am content to let you remain there.

  • Aldris Torvalds

    This must be an April Fools’ joke post, or else you’re very much misinformed about atheism and what atheists believe. Most atheists that used to be Christians actually live life more fully and feel less burdened and fearful; they find freedom in letting go of comforting lies and accepting the true beauty of reality that is boundless.

  • Susan Humphreys

    Folks like Doc Anthony just can’t accept that other folks have considered and rejected their beliefs and in the process have chosen something better, something BRIGHTER, something more fulfilling for them! The “for them” is the most important phrase here. One size does NOT fit all when it comes to religion, spiritual development or growth of the human being. This is what many liberals (I use liberals rather than Atheists because this applies to religious liberals as well as Atheistic liberals) get wrong as is pointed out early with the statement “difference is a problem to solve”. Difference isn’t seen as a positive only a negative and attempts have been made to homogenize humanity, make us all the same. There are many paths through the woods and each of us has to find and follow the path that is best for us. AND that is what Dr. Pinn has done.

  • Yusuf R.

    Oh for Pete’s sake Doc Anthony, give it a rest. Those of us who have left religion behind look at it far differently than you do. Our view is 180 degrees opposed to yours, i.e. it is religion that truly darkens (extinguishes) the light of the human mind. We revel in the freedom from the shackles of superstition and the self-empowerment of being individually responsible for our actions based on our own ethical and moral integrity. Far from being a dark and depressing thing as you allege, the journey to non-belief is instead a journey into the light of reason and self-empowerment.

  • GordonHide

    This is a reasonable article in most ways. What I can’t get to grips with is US atheists inability to give up the identity politics of their religious past. I’m a UK atheist but I don’t think of myself as such. I have no idea what other UK atheists think in general and I wouldn’t necessarily expect to have anything, other than a lack of belief in gods, in common with them. I haven’t joined an atheist organisation. I’ve never read any books about atheism. I’ve never been to an atheist conference. I get involved in things I’m interested in not in things I don’t believe in. I find the phrase “black atheist” disconcerting. Who should care what colour their skin is or what they don’t believe in? I’m inclined to say: get a life.

  • Larry

    Doc is the best endorsement for atheism out there.

    I could see why people would chose a belief that would ensure they would not have to associate with people like him. 🙂

  • GordonHide,

    In the U.S., religion is everywhere and pushy in ways someone in the UK might find hard to understand. So being and atheist or humanist here becomes part of your (sometimes secret) identity.

    To further identify as a black atheist, gay atheist, female atheist, etc. probably means that your set of experiences among the religious majority here take on a very specific flavor.

    I believe such experiences motivate people to act more publicly about their non-beliefs and attend conferences and become more knowledgeable about their position. In the U.S., we either find some culture power or eat what the religious folk feed us.

  • JJ Blase

    Atheism is modern life’s new vanity. Atheists are updated iconoclasts and iconophobes. There is nothing new about them except media attention – and this phenomenon of mass attention is currently in keeping with other counter-cultural orientations. It is interesting that atheism demonstrates or provides no social behaviors worthy of emulation. It ‘kills’ or pronounces ‘dead’. Full stop.

  • Larry

    Spoken like someone who doesn’t know jack about atheism except what his pastor tells him.

    Atheism demonstrates no worthy behaviors if one really has nothing nice to say about critical thinking, reason, social justice, compassion, and humility.

    I get the impression, you are going to believe what you want to believe about atheism no matter what the actual facts are. It does not sound like you made any effort to understand atheism in any way beyond finding excuses to fling poo at them in public.

  • JJ Blase

    Thank you for your reply. It certainly illustrates my point perfectly. And as for the accusatory, knowing atheists is not a shortcoming. Modern atheism is. And be cautious in your imputations or you’ll soil the word atheist ever more. And as a proponent of critical thinking, dread errors in your ‘impressions’; they don’t reflect reality as much as they do yourself.

  • Larryl

    So you feel vindicated because I did not take your petty ignorant insults seriously.

    If you are going to denigrate something, it is helpful to show at least a modicum of knowledge about it. Or you can keep doing what you are doing. Making it easy to dismiss what you have to say.

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  • Renee

    I just finished Dr. Pinn’s latest book: Writing God’s Obituary. I can’t recommend it enough.
    Renee

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  • Chris Allen

    Anthony and I had many interesting conversations on religion when we shared suites at Columbia College 1984 -1986. There is always a man waiting in the wings. One jumps ship and another braves all odds to climb on board. Someone will pick up the mantle you have cast aside Anthony, and bear it with pride. Praying for you Anthony.