Yesterday the two most prominent Lovecraft scholars, Robert M. Price and S. T. Joshi, discussed Lovecraft and atheism on Skeptical Inquirer's Point of Inquiry podcast. It's worth a listen, but I must admit that I was somewhat shocked by the intemperate language they used in discussing religion. Granted, the show's audience is skeptics and both are aredent atheists, but their conversation sounded very much like the stereotype of the arrogant atheist caricatured in religious writings. There are, incidentally, many religions other than Christianity and Judaism, yet all of the arguments for atheism are directed toward these faiths. Poor Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, shamans, etc.
It might also have been helpful to non-Lovecraft listeners had they thought to explain who Lovecraft was or what he wrote about. I'm imagining that a lot of skeptics were dumbfounded and trying to figure out what a Cthulhu is.
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