Introduction to ‘Famous Writers Against Christianity’

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This may appear at first as a trite, inconsequential or supercilious category. It may seem angry, spiteful or vindictive. However, let me be clear, the purpose of this category (and to a large extent, this website) is education. Atheism or criticism of organized religion are too often seen as a modern problem; the breakdown of the fabric of our lives, related to the disintegration of the nuclear family or a loss in ethical values.

It is pointed out that most great historical figures and writers were spiritual – they did not doubt the existence of some kind of transcendental reality; this is mistaken for a tacit belief in a supernatural, divine power. However, great writers cannot be labeled “Deists” and then swept under the fold of religion – when in fact many, if not most were passionately outspoken and critical of Christianity.

The purpose of this category is to gather the arguments, the complaints, criticisms of the world’s greatest writers; our novelists, philosophers, essayists and poets. Those great humans whose insight and inspiration have sewed the quilt of modern democratic, free societies around the world, and to give them a voice. Have they not earned the right to let their voices be heard, above all others? Should we let their beautiful words fill our minds with hope and love – and then tune them out when they warn us against the dangers of Christianity?

The courage to go beyond religious prohibitions and think freely is universally a prerequisite to genius, creativity and the evolution of ideas – is it any wonder that compiling this list of authors and writers against Christianity is basically as easy as picking up an anthology of British and American literature and adding every entry? Every passionate soul, devoted to life, love, the pursuit of happiness and the empowerment of mankind, since the beginning of time, has been anti-religious (as in against organized religions, which is not the same as being spiritual or believing in God.) Should not the weight of their combined testimonies bear heavily on our own dispositions towards the belief systems offered to us by our predecessors?

  • Choncodesign

    I’m a Christian guy. I acknowledge that you are not trying to angry, spiteful, or vindictive, and that you have very good reasons for what you are writing. I have only one concern. The basis for this blog seems to be refuting a belief system…by using another belief system. That is, at least, my perception.

    • Derek Murphy

      Thanks for you honest and polite response, I appreciate it. Yes, I agree there is definitely the danger of succumbing to another belief system, and I try not to do that. I believe Atheism largely falls into this pit (I’m going to write a post soon called “Atheists are stupid” – you can watch for it). In general I’m not against any religious beliefs at all: I’m against people claiming things to be true when I’ve got very good evidence to the contrary. And I’m not talking about “God” – you’re right, belief in God or belief against God is both unfounded (lack of evidence) so while either party can say “I believe this to be more likely” neither system is inherently or automatically better. I know a lot about Christian history however, that many people don’t know. There’s a great deal of evidence that things didn’t happen the way Christians think they happened. I still may be wrong – my interpretation of the evidence may not be true – but this is not an opinion or belief based on nothing. I’m not choosing to belief; I’m simply choosing the theory that is best supported by the evidence available to me.

      This section that you commented on (famous writers against Christianity) was meant to point out… eventually when I finish… that nearly every poet, writer, philosopher, thinker in Western history has been critical of Christianity; which should strongly suggest that perhaps its continued popularity is overrated.

      I do try to be careful not to resort to opinions or tirades; my position on all this will be more clear soon as well, I’m writing a manifesto to explain my distance from Atheism; i.e. a blasphemer is someone who believes in the possibility of God, and because of that, denies any God with limited attributes. Which means I’m not against God or against religion; I’m just against people being uninformed or claiming that things are true when a trip to the library could teach them otherwise. I won’t tell you you are wrong to believe in God, or in being Good, or in the virtues of faith, prayer, abstinence, loyalty, sacrifice. I will tell you that the Bible incorporated a great deal of pagan philosophy and mystery cult mythology, and that central ideas of Christian faith (ie that Jesus is one substance with God, co-eternal, begotten not made, etc) was developed many centuries later – up to the 8th century BC – by a violent process and political maneuverings; which, at least to me, makes it unlikely in the extreme to be the work of the Holy Spirit on earth or God’s finger steering the course of human history.