It won’t be much longer until the street appistemologists (HT: Dhay) receive some much needed aid to better proselytize for atheism. It’s the phone app “Atheos” from Peter Boghossian (the philosopher who insists all religious people are infected with a dangerous faith virus and need to be cured) that challenges you to become “Reason’s Champion.”
The app is apparently going to be marketed as if it is for everyone. From the official webpage:
The goal is to help people become more thoughtful and more reflective about their faith-based beliefs.—Peter Boghossian
Can you support your positions about God, religion or the supernatural?
Atheos is an app being developed by Dr. Peter Boghossian and his team that helps people have non-confrontational discussions about gods, religion, faith, and superstition. It will show you how to gently explore a person’s strongest beliefs.
Atheos will provide you with the skills you’ll need to spot flaws in weak statements and use reason to politely help people understand why they may not be correct.
It’s the perfect app for atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, freethinkers, and even believers who want to find out how best to engage in religious discussions.
Yet as Boghossian himself admits, it’s just a proselytizing tool for atheists that relies on the renowned genius of the [cough] internet atheist community:
You can see a tutorial of the app in the video below. Apparently it’s designed so atheists can argue with it so the app can tell the street appistemologists what to think (they actually earn points for picking the “right” answers – Go Champion, Go!).
The app even comes with its own commercial.
It’s laughably bad, but worth watching for a few minutes to give you insight into the what it is that intellectually stimulates the Gnu atheist. For the record, I could only take about 3 minutes of it before my eardrums started to bleed:
Christians everywhere should be trembling. Here’s a sample of the overwhelming power the app will bring to the intervention:
[The faith infected are supposed to say]
“If people abandon belief in God, they’ll become like Hitler.”
[And the app gives you four choices]
I’d love to understand exactly how you drew that conclusion.
Golly, you’re right! What was I thinking?
You mean, they’ll sprout a combover & an awkward little moustache?
Damn! There goes my favorite Hitler argument! When the street appistemologists get a hold of me, I’m done for. What am I going to do?
But wait. Have any of you Christians out there ever told an atheist “If people abandon belief in God, they’ll become like Hitler?” I’ve never seen this. We’re told these claims were made by real Christians and given the heavy involvement of the internet atheist community, could it be possible, just possible, that the street appistemologists will be sharpening their minds by arguing with…..Poes?
Anyway, we all know those faith infected people are likely to get riled up good if your intervention takes away their favorite Hitler argument. So Boghossian and developers have an important disclaimer and warning for those who download the app in hope of spreading The Cure:
Seek help immediately if:
THREATS ARE MADE BY ANYONE INVOLVED INCLUDING ANY OBSERVING AUDIENCE MEMBERS. ANY OF THE DISCUSSION PARTICIPANTS SHOW ANY SIGNS OF INITIATING PHYSICAL ACTIONS AGAINST ANY PARTICIPANTS OR OBSERVERS.
Peter Boghossian, LLC, its employees, officers and any persons involved in the concept, creation, development, production, testing, promotion, distribution, selling, funding or input towards same, of the Atheos app assumes no liability, whatsoever, for any inquiry, damage or loss of property resulting from the suggested methods for engaging in conversation, debate or other interactions with another person or persons. Your accepting this agreement acknowledges this.
Stay alert and aware of any escalation of tensions or emotions during the course of the interaction and be prepared to disengage and leave at any time. Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions means the user also agrees to all parts of this disclaimer.
Yikes. Seek help. Stay alert. Get ready to run. Nothing more dangerous that confronting the faith infected with the Might of Atheos. I’m just wondering why the app doesn’t have a button that allows the brave street appistemologist to speed dial 911.
One question remains. When the street appistemologists show up at your door holding their phones, will they be wearing their uniform?
It would help to know this so I can hide if they come knocking.
Seriously, years ago, I would not have agreed that atheism is a religion. But with the Gnu atheist movement, and now this tool for proselytization to “cure” the infected, and its marketing, it’s hard to deny the expanding religious dimension to modern day atheism. I wonder what the app would say?
At the very least, the Atheos app is useful as a window into the mind of the Gnu atheist. What we see is intellectual insecurity. It’s just not the need for an app to guide them through a discussion, it’s the app’s reliance on stereotypes (beware of provoking physical violence from those crazy religious people) and low-hanging fruit (the Hitler argument). Imagine a Gnu spending hours pecking away at this app. And it’s almost as if Boghossian, and his team, view their atheist customers as children who need to have their hands held.