Militant Atheism and Spore

Thought this was very telling of the characteristics of these ‘new’ Militant Atheists. By the way, Spore is a game which is best described as the “Sim of everything”. “Sim” as in simulation. If you have played SimCity, you already know the premise. Will Wright’s Spore is coming out soon in a lot of platforms.

Eurogamer: You describe yourself as an atheist; take the so-called militant atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who see faith uniformly as a bad, negative and dangerous thing. Do you see it more benignly, even if you don’t necessarily believe?

Will Wright: Oh, I definitely see it more benignly. I see a lot of benefit and danger in religion like anything[…] I think our bigger fear was that we didn’t want to offend any religious people; but looking at the discussion that unfolded from this thing, what we had was a good sizeable group of players that we might call militant atheists, and the rest of the players seemed very tolerant, including all of the religious players.

And most of the atheists were very tolerant as well. I didn’t expect to hit hot buttons on the atheist side as much; I expected it on the religious side. But so far I’ve had no critical feedback at all from anybody who is religious feeling that we were misrepresenting religion or it was bad to represent religion in the game. It was really the atheists! (bold is my own emphasis)

Full article can be read from

There you have it. Interesting indeed.

Gone are the days where Voltaire’s purported words “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” are held. It is now a full on assault on those who are intolerant of religion, believing that their ‘discovery’ and ‘human pride/achievements’ are sufficient to belittle everyone else’s belief.

The irony is surely very clear.


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