Saturday, December 13, 2008

Atheist Cliches #1: Sky Fairies

The Ricky Gervais stuff has made me think about the kind of thing one puts with day in, day out. Snide references by celebs and comedians. Asides from colleagues and bien pensent commentators. Comments by the likes of Nick Gascoine at Holy Smoke.

The people who use this term and others like (Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc) are lazy people, lazy thinkers.

What do you mean sky fairy? Who do you know who beleives in sky fairies? Give me a strict definiton of a sky fairy? Is there any reference to sky fairies in orthodox Christian theology? In The Catechism? In the Creeds?

Or are you just being insulting and lazy?

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Blogger dominic said...

Oh I have to agree entirely.

Seems to be a strictly on-line phenomenon, though.

I find it quite helpful as one knows that anyone who uses the term is not a deep thinker and may be regarded as unlikely to contribute anything of substance to any debate of any purpose.

Target Two: those who (have read too much Freud) who think the principal purpose of faith in Christ is to act as some kind of substitute for Valium. I'd say this lot are rather more prevalent than the first lot among the bien pensent lot, and many of those in positions of earthly power in England (not sure about Scotland..that's a bit different) hold to thies rather trite view.

But I see you have more atheist enemies lined up, so I may well have, ahem, jumped the gun

1:30 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Oh I agree about target two (I'll have to add that to the list). Perhaps they have tried Christianity and found it a bit, you know, hard work.

Fr Finigan has a nice formula for it:

"Anyone who wishes to follow me, must sit down and have a nice rest...oh, wait a minute...."

2:33 PM  
Blogger Martin said...


I have been on the receiving end of too many lectures on the merits of Hegel, delivered by the scions of the upper middle class, to take their atheism, and their fondness for the Flying Spaghetti Monster, seriously. Atheism is a form of pessimism, a moral blight described by Robert Louis Stevenson as the province of "Young gentlemen with private means [who] look down from a pinnacle of doleful experience on all the grown and hearty men who have dared to say a good word for life since the beginning of the world."

6:15 AM  

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