Lately my wife and I have been going over church history from the reformation until now, and it occurs to us that while we don't agree with everything about the reformation (we are via media fans a la Richard Hooker) we think the reformation was well intentioned and Protestant theology would have been fine had it not been for the likes of Charles Finney and his warped view of Calvinism, along with some of the other 1800's movements like the Millerites, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, etc.
Much of the teachings of this time go from just plain wrong to blasphemous, yet it is these teachings that atheists and other non-believers expect mainstream Catholics and Protestants to defend in these debates - beliefs we don't even hold. If we try to tell them that, they will insist that we do, and attempt to "proof text" their way into an explanation, the same way fundamentalist evangelical types do.
For this reason I have come to refer to them as "Evangelical Atheists" (which is a word in the Urban Dictionary), because their beliefs about Christianity are not a whole lot different from (say) a Jehovah's Witness, especially when they start attacking the Catholic church.
Any of you atheists want to tell me where I am wrong?
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