So what, you ask, does this topic have to do with evangelicalism? It is dogmatic, rigid and practices proselytizing!
I was listening to the radio this past Friday while I was working in the barn. I always try to listen to Tom Hartman in the afternoon, he is very smart, informed and interesting. For some reason he was on this subject and I was surprised to hear him mirror my own thoughts. I had not extended my thesis to the connection between the atheist and the evangelical, though. I thought this a very interesting point and one he made by observing that really only two religions recruit; atheists and christians, with the fundamentalists doing so with more gusto than other christian religions.
Tom Hartman's take on this is, the more strident a group or individual is concerning their 'rightness', the more unsure they actually are about their opinion. Therefore, they proselytize, for if they can convince 50 people they are right, they must be right. I found this interesting, but I usually find him interesting! It helps when someone agrees with your hypothesis to begin with, though. : )
I have no reason for this topic other than it interested me and has been rolling around in my mind for a week. I'm a self-identified heathen, but I have never identified with atheism, anymore than I could identify with evangelicalism (try spelling that word 10 times really fast!). I am open to possibilities on all levels, so I have no room for rigidity of thought. But I sure do enjoy the time I take to think about it. And if someone wants to wish me a Merry Christmas, I'm more than happy to accept it and return the favor. If someone wants God to bless me, I would be pleased, because whether God exists or not, the sentiment from the blesser is one of kindness and well-wishing and there can be nothing wrong with that.