Informit article: The atheist convention

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Abstract:

A Christian response to Richard Dawkins and militant atheism

Recently I attended the Atheist Convention in Melbourne and found myself with 1500 people in something like a revivalist meeting, with speakers larger than life on giant screens, well-groomed hosts, stamping of feet, cheering and ecstatic interjections. This was strident, militant, self-confident atheism in full voice and on the move to make everyone atheists. One speaker noted the irony that they were meeting for a weekend to discuss something that didn’t exist. Why meet? The official brochure said the convention was ‘a celebration of global atheism, an opportunity to enjoy the thoughts of some of the world’s most distinguished rational minds and a statement to political leaders of our concern about the negative effects of religion on society’. Fair enough.

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