The Atheistic Criticism of Religion
When an atheist criticizes religion for the most part they are simply criticizing the human condition; which is one of ignorance, sinfulness and hypocrisy. These characteristics can be found in any society, culture and civilization and for that matter in every person. They are found in religious cultures, secular cultures and atheistic cultures. They are common to all men. Pointing these things out in any culture modern or ancient does not take a great deal of intelligence nor understanding. It reflects a pretentious self-righteousness when criticizing others to exalt oneself. Given the same circumstances and conditions most humans will react in similar ways. Much of the criticism of religion by atheism is nothing more than posing self righteous virtue at the best, and total moral egotism at its worst. Their criticism proves nothing other than humanity is ignorant, sinful, hypocritical and poisons everything he touches.
The truth is that atheism as an ideology or as a foundational philosophy for a culture, has demonstrated itself to be totally inadequate to support a virtuous culture any more than religion. In fact, all atheistic cultures have led to totalitarianism and even Europe as it embraces the secular is moving towards totalitarianism. One should be careful in tearing down the poor man’s house unless he has something better to offer.
Moreover, the atheistic criticism of Christianity represents a shallow understanding of the message of Jesus. A casual reading of the New Testament would demonstrate to any rational person that Jesus never intended his teachings to be the foundation of any large society, for his teachings are too demanding for the masses. Yet, many atheists continue to attack the teachings of Western Christianity as though they were the pristine teachings of Jesus; in this they demonstrate their ignorance or their dishonesty. In the majority of cases it is ignorance, at least from my experience most atheists are quite ignorant of Christian theology and often depend on a vulgar interpretation of Christianity to justify their criticism.