The username of my e-mail address is "sadecamus". Now, some of my fellow Catholics, trying to be charitable, have gone to their Latin Dictionaries and searched in vain for the verb "sadeco". And then I have to tell them as gently as I can that the name is not from an innocent Latin verb but instead an amalgamation of the surnames of two notorious French Atheists. Scandal.
I then tell them that I adopted the name because I just like the sound. But that's not true (even though "sadecamus" does sound very cool). I like to scandalize, and that's bad. So, I had to find another excuse because changing usernames is a hassle. Fortunately the New Atheists came along to give me one.
Now I say that I use the username to taunt them. The "New Atheists" would like us to believe two things: 1) that Atheism is the ONLY world view that leads to a truly moral life and 2) that meaning is indeed possible in a universe without God. Well, the life and, more importantly, the atheistic philosophy of the Marquis make the first claim dubious, and Camus devoted most of his writing trying to teach people how to cope with ultimate meaningless. In short, my e-mail address impishly dissents from the solemn and insufferably arrogant Magisterium of the "New Atheism".
And if that fails, I'll just return to the euphony argument.
Friday, August 31, 2012
"Edit and interpret the conclusions of modern science as tenderly as we like, it is still quite impossible for us to regard man as the child of God for whom the earth was created as a temporary habitation. Rather must we regard him as little more than a chance deposit on the surface of the world, carelessly thrown up between two ice ages by the same forces that rust iron and ripen corn, a sentient organism endowed by some happy or unhappy accident with intelligence indeed, but with an intelligence that is conditioned by the very forces that it seeks to understand and to control."--Carl Becker
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Social conservatism has now become a commercial for greasy fast food. Gag me with a spork!