Papalinton: However, the arguments providing epistemic support for atheism is growing as we speak. What remains in the wash, following the exponentially burgeoning level and array of research and investigative discoveries into the nature of reality through the sciences, history, archeology, the humanities etc that demonstrate the god-concept superfluous to explanation, is an attitude; an attitude of denial of evidence, an attitude of disbelief despite the mounting proofs, and the verification and corroboration of those proofs. It is an attitude that defies logic, reason and rational thought. The god-concept is an illusion. Belief in a god is delusion.
Victor, you chose the Confederacy. The Confederacy lost. The Confederacy today is an illusion, despite the flags, meets, celebrations and swapping badges.
VR: Is that your argument, Papalinton? We are winning?
That is not an argument. If the Nazis had won WWII, would the Holocaust have been morally justified?
"But that would be putting the clock back," gasped the governor. "Have you no idea of progress, of development?"
"I have seen them both in an egg," said Caspian. "We call it 'Going Bad' in Narnia...."
C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Interestingly enough, Lydia McGrew makes use of the same Narnia passage in the discussion of a different topic.
Whether the intellectual trends of a culture consistitue real intellectual progress, or not, is precisely what is at issue.