One of the things that is truly fascinating about the atheist movement in America in 2008 is not that there are people that actually believe that the Universe was brought about from nothing, but that they attempt to take morality from Christianity and then claim a secular derivation in order to take ownership of said morality.
For example, not very long ago an atheist decided to raise money for a charity. Why would they do such a thing? The concept of loving your neighbor is a Christian concept, not a secular one. In fact, if you were to derive morality from science, you would end up arguing that the helpless should be left without help so that the fittest may survive.
Take, for instance, this exchange:
Michel Onfray criticizes [Richard Dawkins] and his fellow secular humanists in In Defense of Atheism, stating “many individuals who consider themselves atheists profess – without noticing it – an ethic, a way of thinking, a vision of the world saturated in Judeo-Christianity…. The Western body (including that of atheists, Muslims, deists and agnostics raised in the geographic and ideological Judeo-Christian zone) is Christian.”
Dawkins’s atheism, like most Western atheists, is inherently Christian in its very framework. This is why Onfray rejects “Christian atheism” and calls for a post-Christian “atheist atheism”. He writes: “The immanent ordering of the world distinguishes the Christian atheist from the Christian believer. But not their values, which remain identical…. Their concerns are charity, temperance, compassion, mercy and humility, but also love of one’s neighbor and the forgiveness of offenses…. Most of the time, this Christian atheism dismisses the Pauline hatred of the body, its rejection of desires, pleasures, drives and passions.”
So, what you see here, and in places like Finding Common Ground is exactly the opposite of what the atheists really believe. When the atheists have to spend time proving how “Christian” they are, they are not truly expressing what they really believe at the core. Instead, they are forced to be almost parasitic of the Christian foundations– the Christian morals– and yet differentiate themselves by deviating from the norm.
So, basically, we have Christian Atheists that are expressing the virtues defined by Christianity and taking away those things that cramp their individual style.
Hardly original, and indicative of exactly which one is the truth and which is the lie masquerading as truth.