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What the Hell is a Fundamentalist Atheist?

I have just gone through the two most stressful weeks of my life… I call them studying and taking final exams. How I made it out of there without a spontaneous conversion to Christianity is a miracle of Biblical proportions.

Anyway, I have those out of the way and I’m looking forward to enjoying this three-day weekend (I wish it were longer), and I haven’t been posting much recently because of above reason, so, I’m going to write a post now.

So I haven’t exactly been hearing the term an increased amount lately, but I think I’ve heard it one time too many, and despite my many rants on why I’m not a ‘militant’ Atheist, I don’t think I’ve spent enough time addressing these… terms… These terms which I feel are inaccurate, and which don’t make sense anyway.

A Fundamentalist Christian is a Christian who believes that every part of the Bible should be taken literally and followed to the letter (including the parts about stoning blasphemers). A Fundamentalist Muslim believes every part of the Koran should be taken literally, it’s hard to be a Fundamentalist Pastafarian because the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster says that you don’t have to follow every rule to the letter, but you get the picture…

But Atheists don’t have any text-document telling them what they have to believe. All that one has to do to be an Atheist is to not believe in God (the dictionary says that you have to have faith in there not being a God… the dictionary is flawed). So, really, to be a Fundamentalist Atheist, you simply have to not believe in God… doesn’t that make ALL Atheists Fundamentalist Atheists?

Just where is the line drawn? What constitutes a Fundamentalist Atheist?

If you’ve got an answer to that question, please share it with me. I am genuinely confused.

Otherwise, it would be prudent to not use that term anymore since you obviously don’t know what it means.

While you’re at it, if you’ve got a definition of a Fundamentalist Atheist, please tell me how you apply it to Dan Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. What’s so fundamentalist about them writing books?

I hath spaketh my mind.