Six Characteristics of Adolescent Atheism

My blog isn’t doing much right now so I’m reblogging this.

Melissa Cain Travis

A while back, I posted an article entitled, “What an Apologist’s Job is Not,” in which I advised fellow apologists on how to recognize (and stop wasting time in) futile interactions. This post is sort of a follow-up, in response to the ongoing positive feedback I’ve received on the piece. My objective this time is to outline six common characteristics of “Adolescent Atheism”–a brand of poorly-informed, logic-disregarding, verbally hostile atheism that doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously.

NOTE: I do not use the term “adolescent” in the pejorative sense here; rather, I mean it in the technical sense–the condition of not being fully matured. Adolescent Atheism is a state of arrested intellectual development with marked characteristics that I will discuss below. Please also note that I am not stereotyping all non-believers; I fully recognize that some are careful to avoid the following errors.

1. The tendency to accuse Christian scholars of pushing their religious agenda for emotional (as…

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3 Responses to Six Characteristics of Adolescent Atheism

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Wow…she hit the nail right on the head. Even though those folks will probably never hear I am for continuing to engage them. Maybe just maybe someone reading along might be reached. Thanks for finding that article.


    • lang3063 says:

      “When a wise man argues with a foolish one, he meets anger and ridicule without relief.” Proverbs 29:9 Complete Jewish Bible
      “When words are many, sin is not lacking; so he who controls his speech is wise.” Proverbs 10: 19 Complete Jewish Bible.
      I agree about arguing for the possible benefit of onlookers but it’s too easy to get sucked in by the “fun” of it and the illusion that you might just have the magic words.


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