Militant atheism is an extreme form of atheism. Its two main
characteristics are that it is hostile to religion and it is bent on
destroying any vestiges of God and religion.
The following quote, by Julian Baggini, a committed atheist author,
summarizes militant atheism very clearly.
…atheism I not necessarily hostile to religion, there are, of course some
atheists who are hostile to religion, and not just fundamentalist
religions….Atheism which is actively hostile to religion I would call
militant. To be hostile in this sense requires more than just strong
disagreement with religion—it requires something verging on hatred and is
characterized by a desire to wipe out all forms of religious beliefs.
Militant atheists tend to make one or both of two claims that atheists do
not. The first is that religion is demonstrably false or nonsense, and the
second is that it is usually or always harmful. (1)
Thus, militant atheism is
driven by a hatred and hostility toward any kind of religion, without
high level of enmity blinds them to the good religion has done, or is doing
and fails to acknowledge the possibility that there might be a wide variety
of religious expressions ranging from extremist groups, on one side of the
belief continuum, to very sincere, loving and service-oriented groups, on
the other side. Unfortunately, it is this kind of rage that has led to
extreme forms of militant atheism in the past that led to the persecution of
religions and the killing of a great many, as it has occurred in many
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concerned about their fanaticism and growth and takes a stand against
them by spotlighting their extremism, their lies, their agenda and much more.
Julian, Atheism a Very Short Introduction. (New York: Oxford University
Press, 2003), 101.
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