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A 2014 Valentine Day's card, originally stating that love is a "miracle", given to a loved one, that was said to have been proudly "fixed", by the one who received it, who, as an atheist, uploaded it to r/Atheism of Reddit. A reaction blog by James McGrath, a New Testament (Bible) professor, retorted that it is "wrong" to reduce love to chemistry and reactions (compare: love the chemical reaction)[1], and that it is not good to embrace "reductionism", such as shown above?[2]

In terms, reductionism (CR:175) (LH:4) (TL:179), from reduction-, meaning: "to reduce", + -ism, meaning: "belief or doctrine", refers to []


The following are quotes:

“Someone in the atheist subreddit shared the above image [adjacent], which they proudly proclaimed that they had fixed to reflect their lack of religious sentiment. A number of commenters there expressed the view that the recipient of the card, even if an atheist, would likely not be impressed with the change. Some think that the only way to appreciate love or a sunset properly is to mention god and ignore or even deny scientific accounts of the processes involved. And some think that the only way to avoid religious superstition is to embrace reductionism. Thankfully there are options in between those two extremes. One can accept the scientific account as perfectly appropriate and accurate on one level, and accept poetry and metaphor on another.”
— James McGrath (2014), “Love, Chemistry, Atheism”, Feb 19 [2]

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See also


  1. Love the chemical reaction – Hmolpedia 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McGrath, James. (2014). “Love, Chemistry, Atheism” (Ѻ), Patheos blog, Feb 19.
  3. Anti-reductionism – Hmolpedia 2020.
  4. Extreme reductionism – Hmolpedia 2020.
  5. Ultra-reductionism – Hmolpedia 2020.

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