One of my buddies, a fellow Christian, emailed that picture to me the other day. Some of his family members were floating it back and forth, commenting on how clever it was.
I had to chuckle, but not because I thought it clever. IMO, it leaves atheists open to several responses. One could just as easily retort back something to the tune of “Religion inspired Martin Luther King. Science inspired Hiroshima.”
Someone could respond to that by pointing out that I shouldn’t be blaming a whole methodology for a particular thing that someone abused said methodology to invent…which is my point precisely in the retort in the first place.
You see, the ad commits the fallacy of hasty generalization. It lumps all religious ideologies into one amorphous whole, and it uses the evil caused by some specific religious ideologies to paint all religions. Not a very rational or honest thing to do, yet I find some atheist types doing it all the time. They completely ignore all the huge differences between religions and treat them all the same. As one author quipped, saying all religions are ultimately the same is like insisting that aspirin and arsenic are ultimately the same because they come in tablet form.
I don’t know how folks can logically put the worldview of Jesus and the worldview of Mohammed in the same boat, but that doesn’t stop people from foolishly trying.
Talk to these folks, and you get the impression that belief in and devotion to any and all higher powers is dangerous.
I guess that depends on what the character of that higher power is.
I have reason to hold that when I pass away, I will be held accountable for my actions in this life by a powerful, just, loving Creator God who insists that I treat my fellow man with compassion…BOO! Fear me.