Just to show you how little this piece compares to the actual mindset of an atheist who accepts the ToE:
they who said among themselves, thinking not aright: "Brief and troublous is our lifetime; neither is there any remedy for man's dying, nor is anyone known to have come back from the nether world.
There need be no remedy for death, why should there? A remedy suggests there is a desire to be cured of something. Do you believe atheists wish to live forever? Also, there is no netherworld in the atheist view so there is nothing to come back from.
For haphazard were we born, and hereafter we shall be as though we had not been; Because the breath in our nostrils is a smoke and reason is a spark at the beating of our hearts,
I have no problem with the premises here.
And when this is quenched, our body will be ashes and our spirit will be poured abroad like unresisting air.
A reference to the spirit in an unbeliever's thoughts suggests not atheism, but a-christianity. It also lends weight to the suspiscion I hold that this piece is not a representation of anything more than a Christian's misguided view of an atheist, failing to understand the core and then building up a speculative account of things upon that misunderstanding. And now you are suggesting it highlights a view which you misunderstand as well.
Even our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will recall our deeds. So our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and will be dispersed like a mist pursued by the sun's rays and overpowered by its heat.
Why would nobody recall their deeds? Are atheists less memorable for some reason?
For our lifetime is the passing of a shadow; and our dying cannot be deferred because it is fixed with a seal; and no one returns.
Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are real, and use the freshness of creation avidly.
Well, assuming they intend creation to mean the natural process rather than the supernatural one; yes! Why would anyone act otherwise? If I did not believe in god and yet rued my existence, I should be a poor specimen of life.
Let us have our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let no springtime blossom pass us by;
Experience is indeed the most important part of life.
let us crown ourselves with rosebuds ere they wither.
Umm, yeah, sure, why not?
1 Let no meadow be free from our wantonness; everywhere let us leave tokens of our rejoicing, for this our portion is, and this our lot.
Sounds okay so far, what next....
Let us oppress the needy just man; let us neither spare the widow nor revere the old man for his hair grown white with time.
Ahh, here's where I start to get irritated. There is no reason to suggest that hedonism means cruelty or a lack of morals. If this is the overall intention of this cut and paste job, all I can say is find some better material. We've been over the subject so many times I don't understand why you still bother, you're fully aware of the atheist view, so why continue to question it? You may not agree with it, but it is perfectly supportable that morals do not depend on the supernatural and indeed in my view, laughable that the suggestion might be they do.
But let our strength be our norm of justice; for weakness proves itself useless.
Like the church? Strength has no place in anything, this is clearly more propoganda.
2 3 Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training.
More propoganda; if he was just, he wouldn't be obnoxious. Atheists do not dislike christians as a matter of course, nor do we find the need to 'beset' them for being disagreeable.
He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,
I'm sure this appeals to the martyr complex most Christians seem to carry, but they're really not that awful...
Because his life is not like other men's, and different are his ways.
He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure. He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father.
Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him.
And then was created the spiituality forum and the search continued...
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
I do wonder what stays god's hand from his children's defence sometimes. However, this still suggests that atheists have a tendency to beat on Christians, which is plainly ridiculous.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience.
Do you consider this forum a trial by fire ivanhoe? So you believe that interacting with the heathens is a torture you must endure? I wonder how viscious the circle of your martyr complex is.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him."
Atheists do not put people to death. Romans, muslims, governments etc. might do/have done, atheists do not.
These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them,
Were they really their thoughts? I doubt it, I think they were the thoughts of the author.
The rest is of little import.
It seems that the thoughts on which the hedonistic Evolution Theory advocates assume this theory is based are very old indeed.
Justify this statement ivanhoe. If you are going to misrepresent a view in an attempt to prove that a set of beliefs is wrong, you are a charlatan.