Talk about ‘laugh out loud’. Don’t know how I missed hearing about it till now. Let’s give a big hand for the New Gnostics.
I have started what I think is going to be a good read, ‘What’s So Great About Christianity’ by Dinesh D’Souza. Early in the book he speaks about the rise of the militant, evangelistic atheism we have seen here and in the USA in the last few years. The confidence and arrogance of this group has been illustrated in the way they speak of the Christian faith.
Now it turns out that1 some atheists would like to be known by a new collective term which, they believe (should I use that word – believe?) better describes them. The name is ‘Brights‘! Now I have looked it up on the internet I see the name has been around for a few years with the Guardian mentioning it as far back as 2003. As I said, I don’t know how I have missed it.
“Ha! Dims!” is what I guffawed when I read it. Dim because they seem to overlook their arrogance in their name. Dim because they fail to see their link to the ancient Gnostics. The Gnostics too had an arrogant belief in their own status, that they were the enlightened ‘bright sparks’ because of their special knowledge (or gnosis). They even made a religion out of it.
Once I had finished laughing though I thought that a better name to describe them is ‘God dodgers’. Not a new name, I have been using that one for over thirty years. But I do think it sums up the mindset of those on the run from God.
See my earlier post on Richard Dawkins.
- WSGAC, D’Souza page 24 [↩]