Let me first say that I am speaking of the atheist who refuses to tolerate anyone else’s opinion, and does so on the grounds that what they believe is fact. The atheist who must change your mind. The one who is desperately trying to convert you to their beliefs. Yes, that statement may make blood boil. Oh well. The denial that circles of sociologists, theologians, and philosophers are debating and discussing the idea that atheism is a religion is still happening whether or not people who don’t want to hear it believe it or not. Just like global warming, refusal to talk about it don’t mean it ain’t happening. The atheist that is the python much like the fundamentalist Christians and Muslims and *insert any religious tradition is who I am discussing. The reason we can’t dialogue with them is because they feel that they have the ultimate Truth and all of it. In every conversation. Without the ability to recognize your own possible ignorance, there can be no dialogue. There is no humanity reflected in their eyes. My person-hood denied. There is only winning. There is no tolerance because tolerance would mean allowing the denial of ‘fact.’ It amazes me that among the many things I’ve noticed militant/fundamentalist atheist and fundamentalist religious folk have in common in the insistence on absolute and complete revelation of Truth.
That’s why nothing else can be tolerated. Shame really because, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ~Socrates