It’s fashionable nowadays to call one’s self a freethinker while at the same time accuse others as being close-minded. A freethinker is one who is free from any obligation to think in a certain way or ways; free from any overarching framework to pre-inform his mind what is correct or incorrect. By way of analogy, he is like a man at a crossroads with hundreds of roads extending out in all directions around him, not knowing where they lead nor what’s on them. Possessing no impetus for any road, or an equal amount of impetus for all roads, he stays right where he is with his mind open. Such a man either does not exist, or can only be described as an idiot for he cannot distinguished his front from his back. He has three choices: choose a road at whim, spin himself around and walk where he stops, or inhabit a framework of pre-existing values that tells him which road to take. Once he takes a road, however, he closes himself off to all other roads. In short, he becomes close-minded. In this process, first one is an idiot and then close-minded.
Now, for an atheist to say he is a freethinker is a lie. For he has already decided that he will not take some roads. If he has not yet decided which road he himself will take, you may safely regard him as an idiot; he knows nothing. If he has chosen a road, he cannot accuse others of being close-minded without being a hypocrite. Yet, somehow in this culture, the atheist labels himself a freethinker and insults Christianity as being close-minded. He is insulting what he himself is.