In Randal Rouser’s post on village atheism, after he lists the characteristics of village atheists, he makes the following observation:
As I already noted, there are also many village Christians who exhibit similar traits. (But the way, it should not surprise us that when village Christians leave the church, they typically become village atheist.)
To put it another way: once a fundie (fundamentalist) always a fundie. You can change the book or creed you’re working from but the mentality is the same. Atheists who have left Christianity frequently think of themselves as “enlightened,” but that’s easier said than done. Probably the most egregious example of that to butt heads with this blog was James Alexander, but more recently one of my church people went postal on me regarding immigration.