im an atheist because i think that science is wonderful and reality itself is so mysterious and wonderful that there is no need to believe in a god
but if a philosophy and a belief system makes you appreciate life and makes you happy and you arent hurting anyone with it
then god damn no one should be a shit to you about it
How come you can only like a post once.
if your atheism involves belittling people’s faith and attempting to prove to everyone that god doesn’t exist don’t talk to me don’t come near me don’t breathe on me thanks
Sometimes I worry that atheists and skeptics will doubt my intelligence because I still hold onto belief in God. They just all seem so intellectual and self-aware that I feel as though they would look down on me for being chained to my beliefs.
I don’t feel chained though.
I’ve been raised Baptist Christian, but I’ve been doubting the validity of that religion a lot recently. However, I don’t feel prepared to make a leap yet. I want to research some other things. I want to hear arguments. I want to hear people’s personal stories.
I think a lot of people want to believe that there is a being in the universe that is perfect and that holds all the answers. The idea that we are alone to fend for ourselves is scary. The idea of hurling through space unattended could turn a person into a shut-in. That’s part of the reason why I believe in Something.
The other reason is that I want to believe that every person is ordained with purpose that they have the choice to follow or not. Nihilism doesn’t appeal to me. I think that everyone can do something great for the betterment of another.
The first part of your post is nice, decent, and the more sane Atheists would not look down on you. We don’t care if you’d like to continue believing in a higher power, it’s when you force your beliefs on others that it becomes an issue. In fact, most of us welcome a debate, no matter how circular.
However, you also have to understand that Atheism does not equal Nihilism. The argument is pretty sound that to be Nihilist, you must be Atheist, but it really doesn’t work the other way around. For example, there are Axiological Atheists (Humanist Atheists), such as myself, who find meaning in humanity. At times I will admit, even believing in that is tough. Atheism just means “person who does not believe in a higher power” - after that, you can apply whatever philosophy you want so long as it falls under that definition.
Plenty of Atheists have done a lot of good for others, just as much as many theists have. We don’t need a church or a religious doctrine to tell us how to better others.
The Nihilists only make up a fraction of Atheists, to be honest. They have their own perfectly sound and valid arguments, but do not go into an argument w/ any Atheist assuming they’re also Nihilist.
All the damn time.
This happened to me almost fucking verbatim by a good friend of mine. She decided to tell me that Atheists don’t exist b/c she just couldn’t believe that people couldn’t believe in the Lawd.
Like lolwut seriously?
The world is offensive.
I do like counter arguments if the article is one centered around a specific debate. However, seeing as it’s rare (see: never happens) to have an Atheist’s opinion in any article about religion, I call bullshit.
Nor do I want to see Father/Rabbi/Pastor/Religious Person Herp Derp’s thoughts on Atheists and Atheism and how it “threatens” the Christian majority. It doesn’t.