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John C. Wright's weak jab at atheism

Today I read this quote from noted science fiction and fantasy author, John C. Wright:

"If atheism solved all human woe, then the Soviet Union would have been an empire of joy and dancing bunnies, instead of the land of corpses."

And I found it disappointing. I'm sure he's a very smart and, and given his body of work, undeniably a very creative man. This is why I found it disappointing. And maybe I'm just cherry picking the low hanging fruit but I'll counter with my own anyway:

Atheism was never supposed to solve all human woe. It was a mistake to think that it ever could. Atheism was only built to counter one very specific set of woes: Only those created by spirituality, mysticism and religion.


The rest? Figure it out for yourselves. But if you build fantasy to answer some of those woes, keep it to yourself, otherwise expect scoffing from me.

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