I honestly don't care either way about what people believe, but it is nearly impossible to read something about gaming when halfway through it turns into a rant about the evils of religion blah blah blah. Talk about what you know (new character classes, maps, etc.) not shit you have no clue about. Especially when the blog says it's gaming related...
Monday, November 15, 2010
Religion and gamers
So I wrote up a post then caught up on reading other blogs. Basically, I'll keep this short and sweet: being an atheist doesn't make you cool. Further, hating on organized religion just makes you sound like a fucking moron. You're certainly allowed to subscribe to your own views on the nature of reality, but generic statements comparing belief in God to thinking unicorns exist points out not only extremely weighted bias but also a fundamental misunderstanding of legitimate theological discussion. As a philosopher (I use that term EXTREMELY loosely, although I am paid for doing philosophy) it pisses me off when people make blanket statements without any sort of evidence and then put the onus of proof on others to "prove them wrong", even though their initial argument is nothing more than smoke-and-mirrors nonsense. Look, I get it, you hated your childhood and felt stupid singing in choir as a kid. You rejected your Episcopalian upbringing and are now living with your common law Wiccan wife and think it's cool to tell your children that polyamory is a fun activity. Whatever, I don't care, do whatever you want. Just don't pretend you're morally superior and surely don't go on relentlessly with your stupid views that are based entirely on fundamental misunderstanding. There is this notion that gamers are anti-religious, but my own experience tells me that most of us just have enough class and manners not to bring up personal things at the drop of a hat. Not one of the people I have gamed with in the past few years have given off any sort of inkling that they were atheist, and I know for certain most went to church/templed at least somewhat regularly.