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Here is a story on CNN today, "Prominent atheist blogger converts to Catholicism"

So, how does one go from reason and rationality to superstitious nonsense? I know that there are some atheists who are only atheist through not reason and rationality but rather from "hating god" because of something that had happened to them. I term these atheists as fake atheists. But someone commented on the site that in her blog that she was raised in a non-faith household (I am not sure if this is true, but for the sake of argument that it is true) - how the hell does one get brainwashed to go from reason and rationality to superstition and irrationality?

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There are much more ways to reach the state of atheist than just reason or resentment. Remember, atheism is a subtraction process. How thick or deep was your faith when it was removed? Did it erode, was it dissolved or was it shattered? Reason may have been part of the cause of your atheism or be a by-product of it. To children born in secular households, atheism comes from education, and religion is second-hand, perhaps it remains somehow fascinating. 

We've been discussing this here in Atheist Morality.

"I know that there are some atheists who are only atheist through not reason and rationality but rather from "hating god" because of something that had happened to them."

Do you think it's possible that the woman in your article may have been abused in the religion of her upbringing and just went back to her roots?

The salacious argument that atheists hate god is ignorant.

How many Vicar's, Catholic Priest's, or other religious representative atheists do you think there are?

Sometimes this may just be about connecting with the culture you are used to rather than any kind of religious belief.

As has often been pointed out when an atheist is accused of simply being angry at god, you have to believe something exists to be angry at it. Since atheists don't believe in gods, it would be ludicrous to be angry at them.

I don't think it's necessarily returning to superstitious nonsense. Take people like Richard Alpert, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg, for instance. All of whom were atheists, and then each one of them had a huge "psychedelic experience," and converted to Buddhism.

It's often simply a change in one's perspective. There are proponents of what's called "rational mysticism" or even "neurotheology." Atheists are generally correct in their criticisms of religion, and are therefore an important voice in many ways. But they are not seeing the full picture. They're not really understanding the deeper psychological truths and experiences from which religion springs. And of course, theists aren't either.

There's an individual here that discusses at length this sort of phenomenon:

The "Mystical experience" vs. No True Scotsman fallacy

Well, it's very interesting. Psilocybin definitely causes one to yawn. This is a physiological phenomenon that's not necessarily associated with the psychoactive properties.

By Yawn I meant that this is a fallacious argument.

"how the hell does one get brainwashed to go from reason and rationality to superstition and irrationality"

The original childhood brainwashing steeped in whatever superstition from birth is a factor for the "return to further superstition". Cultural identity outside the familial upbringing has a lot of influence that may drive individuals "back" to local communal religious nonsense as a way to "fit in."

Peer pressure has  a lot of influence on individuals. As social creatures humans have to fit in and belong to their group as the Milgram experiment demonstrated.

The Stanford Prison Experiment also demonstrated how manipulated and how manipulating humans are.

It's not a fallacious argument. While I'm sure there are some people who return to religion for the reasons you've mentioned, there are also those individuals who undergo what is in religious literature referred to as a "mystical experience." And those are the people that do not return to Christianity, but rather find themselves as Buddhist or Hindu.

Sam Harris emphasizes "ignosticism" which aims to define God before any debate or discussion takes place. So, what you end up with is a semantic argument where one definition of God makes no sense, then another definition of God on the other side of the spectrum which exactly corresponds to reality.

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This is from the Dish and I see it as a companion piece

An Alternate History Of Atheism

AUG 10 2014 @ 10:32AM

Nick Spencer claims that the emergence of modern atheism had less to do with “slow, steady scientific advance” than the disastrous collusion of religion and politics in early modern Europe:

“Science”—if we can treat that collection of disparate disciplines as one single, coherent enterprise—did have something to do with the growth of atheism in the West, but very much less than most imagine. Those three great moments of scientific progress—the Copernican revolution in the 16th century, the scientific revolution in the 17th and the Darwinian in the 19th—were hardly atheistic at all. Copernicus was a priest; Francis Bacon, the father of modern science, devout; and Charles Darwin incredulous that anyone could imagine evolution demanded godlessness. “It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist,” he wrote in 1879.

In reality, the growth of atheism in Europe and America has much more to do with politics and, in particular, ecclesiastically backed politics, than it has with science, something that is clear even from its earliest days… Europe’s first public atheists were driven from mere scepticism and anti-clericalism to full-blown unbelief not by reason or scientific progress but primarily by a venal and violent theo-political settlement.

Which is one reason why, he goes on to argue, that only about 2% of Americans identify as atheists:

If atheism were a function of science and progress, then surely America, from the late 19th century the world’s most self-consciously modern and scientific nation, would become its atheistic capital. It didn’t—for reasons that go back to its founding.

Christianity was, of course, in the blood of the country’s first Anglophone settlers, but just as important was the fact that many American clergy enthusiastically supported the revolution. They described it as a just war and Christianity became associated with the people’s political emancipation, in a way that it did only partially in Britain, and not at all in France.

At the same time, the nation’s new constitution did not refer to God (beyond the reference to the Year of our Lord in Article VII), precluded any religious test from becoming a requirement for office, and, most famously, in its First Amendment, legislated against Congress making any law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” … This could be construed as de facto godlessness—indeed it was and is—but in reality it ended up being the nation’s strongest bulwark against atheism, denying the church the temporal power that had done it so much harm in Europe and effectively draining the wells of moral indignation on which atheists drew.

I though there was just a continuum of Enlightenment.

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