Let’s start with a quote.
Scientific atheists believed that their technological and scientific successes would obviously disprove the validity of religion because the two are fundamentally in opposition.
What if I were to tell you this comes from a scholar posting on his blog? You’d probably say, ‘So what? Everyone knows the Gnu atheists think religion and science are fundamentally opposed and the success of science has effectively disproved religion.”
Of course, if you read carefully, you’d notice that this person is talking in the past tense. That’s odd. Is this person trying to write some fictional historical account from the vantage of the future?
No, the sentence comes from a sociologist’s peer-reviewed paper that looks at atheist propaganda in the Soviet Union. Here is the reference:
Froese, Paul. 2004. Forced Secularization in Soviet Russia: Why an Atheistic Monopoly Failed. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43, 1, Mar, 35-50
I remember when people used to document examples where leaders in the ID movement were making claims/arguments that creationists had made many years before them. The consensus was that this type of evidence showed a clear and distinct link between creationism and intelligent design.
If we are to be intellectually honest and consistent, then we should be able to use the same approach with the Gnu movement. Are its leaders making claims/arguments that were made by other movements many years before them? And as we can see, the argument that science opposes and defeats religion is not something invented by the Gnus. Soviet atheists were making this same argument long before modern day Gnus were born.
Yet the similarities in thinking don’t stop there. Let’s consider some more excerpts from this journal article too see if anything else sounds familiar.